State lawmakers are back at the Capitol today (noon start) for a special session, but a number of major budget bills are not ready for votes because agreements have not yet been reached. Hamline University political analyst David Schultz says the difficult part…
…”is to make this budget deal look like a win-win situation for both sides. It’s not just getting to the numbers, but making it possible for each side to say they got something as a result of the extended negotiations. And that’s especially true if it goes into a government shutdown.”
Governor Tim Walz said Friday he has “absolute confidence” the budget will be finished by the July 1st deadline — but will it be done this week? “We’ll see,” the governor says.
Schultz says one important question — can negotiators come up with an agreement that allows both sides to somehow “save face”:
“Democrats are gonna have to go back to their constituents and explain why they didn’t get police reform. Republicans are gonna have to go back to their constituents and explain why they didn’t get something on… (the) governor’s emergency powers.”
A deal on ending the governor’s emergency powers could be close, if Democrats and Republicans can agree on phasing out the COVID moratorium on evictions. Police reform remains a sticking-point, with Democrats pushing for a broader range of changes than Republicans are willing to agree to.