Last week at this time it was hoped the fishing opener would provide Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders the opportunity to work out their budget differences.
One week later the budget negotiations continue, but observers have little idea what, if any, progress has been made over the last seven days toward an agreement that would allow the 2019 legislative session to end on time.
With 72 hours and change remaining until Monday’s midnight deadline, the prospects for a special session grow. But while we await further news, let’s look back at some of the stories you may have missed from the past week.
Agriculture policy set to finish first as conferees reach agreement
With three days to go and no budget deal, special session looks more likely
Lawmakers, governor quiet as budget negotiations continue — and deadline draws near
Lawmakers may burn the midnight oil as budget talks continue
Republicans, DFL make counteroffers but budget negotiations stall
A week to go and still no state budget deal between DFL, Republican leaders
House panel OKs study that would examine impacts of $15 per hour minimum wage
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Where will the Legacy money go? Conference committee starts talking
Natural resources policy begins to take shape, budget targets remain elusive
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Pharmacy benefit manager oversight agreement approved in conference committee
Conference committee begins work on bill to improve PBM oversight
Gun measures fail first votes in public safety conference committee
Jurisdictional restrictions on tribal police could be removed
State disaster contingency account: Five years of eliminating emergency special sessions
House OKs two-person crew requirement on state’s railways