(St. Paul, MN)  —  Minnesota lawmakers and Governor Tim Walz are expecting to focus on spending and crime during the upcoming legislative session.  Leaders will have to agree how to use the state’s seven-point-seven billion dollar surplus and over a billion dollars in federal aid.  Senate Republicans are aiming to cut taxes permanently as a way to return the surplus to Minnesotans.  Governor Walz and Democratic lawmakers want to use the funds for various projects.  Both parties have addressing crime high on their agendas.