The opening gavel of the Minnesota Legislature’s special session is at noon (Mon), but despite a weekend of behind-the-scenes talks, there’s no agreement on a number of major budget bills.  The biggest sticking points apparently remain so-called “policy issues” in a number of different areas, and Governor Tim Walz says about that situation:

“These are incredibly… important philosophical conversations that happen, but then we get to the point on some of ’em saying, this is gonna have to be fixed another day.  And what we need to do now is, build the roads, fund the schools.”

House Speaker Melissa Hortman estimates passing the budget bills will take at least seven to 10 days.  Governor Walz said Friday he has “absolute confidence the budget will be finished before the July 1st deadline — but Walz says “we’ll see” whether that work will be wrapped up this week.