State lawmakers are back at the Minnesota Capitol just over a month from now for the 2022 legislative session, which isn’t supposed to be about the budget but could well turn out that way because of the nearly eight-billion-dollar surplus.   Republican Julie Rosen from Fairmont, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, cautions her Democratic colleagues that lawmakers have already set a 52-billion-dollar budget, which ten years ago was 34 billion:

“I am not in the mood — nor are my caucus — of doing ongoing investments where there is a tremendous amount of growth in our state budget.”

Democrats are eyeing the massive projected budget surplus — a good part of which is already in the bank — as an opportunity to make what they term important investments in Minnesota’s future, including education and infrastructure.