State lawmakers just wrapped up another legislative session without finalizing a budget agreement by the deadline–resulting in yet another special session. Lately, it’s been more of the norm than the exception, and Carleton College political science professor Steven Schier says…

“I think you’re going to miss deadlines when you have big policy disagreements and as long as you have a Republican-controlled Senate and a Democratic-controlled state House, you’re going to have great difficulty coming to agreement.”

Schier says when one party’s in control, deadlines are usually met, but he adds that it would only make sense to change the process if “you were certain that divided government was here to stay.”