Lawmakers of color, upset with what they call inadequate police reforms,  are demanding changes in a compromise public safety funding deal made by Republican and Democratic leaders and Governor Tim Walz — as the deadline looms for the legislature to finish the state budget.   Lead House negotiator, Saint Paul Democrat Carlos Mariani, was asked if he’s prepared to shut down public safety functions of state government on July 1st:

“That’s a great question for the Senate…. Look at a Senate that didn’t even have one hearing on the pre-eminent issue of our day!   Not one!  We are prepared to do what we need to do to save the lives of Minnesotans.”

Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says legislative leaders and the governor worked very hard to get an agreement and…

“In the end you have to say, look, it’s over.  We gotta wrap this up.  We are all conscious of the fact that whatever (budget bills) we don’t get done by July 1, there’s no funding.   That part (of state government) would shut down.”