The state legislative session begins next Monday and Hamline University political science professor David Schultz says overshadowing everything…

“The 2022 elections…everything that’s going to happen is going to happen under the light of the 2022 elections.”

Schultz notes that Governor Tim Walz is running for re-election, and he is being challenged by Republicans currently serving in the state Senate, including Paul Gazelka and Michelle Benson. As lawmakers consider election implications, they also have to prioritize spending with a record $7.7 billion budget surplus.