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Lawmakers return for special session as budget talks continue

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The first special session of 2021 convened Monday as lawmakers gathered, largely in person, to resume efforts to pass the two-year budget needed to fund the state’s government that would shut down if an agreement is not reached before July 1.

Four weeks have passed since the Legislature adjourned its 2021 regular session May 17, when legislative leaders agreed with Gov. Tim Walz on the size of the roughly $52 billion budget and the monetary targets needed to negotiate the many unfinished budget bills.

But little has happened in the public eye since then, although agreements have reportedly been reached on the higher education, commerce and energy, and agriculture budgets, along with language to distribute Legacy funds. And deals in several others areas appear close.

However, talks are still underway on more contentious areas, such as public safety, and it remains to be seen whether the ongoing negotiations will remain behind the scenes.

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Lawmakers return for special session as budget talks continue
Lawmakers resume efforts to pass two-year budget needed to fund the state’s government that would shut down if an agreement is not reached before July 1.
Compromise agreement proposes $139 million budget for agriculture initiatives
Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko) chairs the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee. Monday morning he had words of praise for a compromise budget agreement. “It invests i...
Special session officially set to begin Monday, focus to be setting state budget
Gov. Tim Walz has issued a proclamation calling the House and Senate back to St. Paul for a special session beginning at noon, June 14, and noted he intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to help the state continue to quickly and effectively respond to the pandemic.
Legacy agreement reached and ready for the special session
Among the 13 conference committees tasked with forging compromises between what passed the House and Senate this year, only one knew months ago how much money it would be disbur...
One agreement down, 12 to go: Higher education completes its assignment
The $3.51 billion agreement, expected to be introduced as a bill in a special session, would cap tuition increases for Minnesota State students at 3.5% over the next two academic years.
Working group hears how new federal funds could affect health and human services
The Department of Human Services’ directors of fiscal policy and budget laid out their understanding of how much is coming in from the feds and the guidelines for its use.
Changes to Board of Animal Health, cottage food law included in ag bill that passes House, Senate
A policy-only, compromise omnibus agriculture bill that includes changes to the state's cottage food law has received legislative approval, despite a disagreement over changes to the Board of Animal Health.
HHS conference committee report passes House, Senate
A pared-down, policy-only omnibus health and human services finance bill — still totaling 520 pages — received House support.
Bill to join Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact going to the governor
There’s a shortage of psychologist and mental health providers in Minnesota and one way lawmakers are aiming to address the issue is by joining the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact.
Legislative leaders, governor reach budget deal as regular session draws to a close
The “numbers-only agreement” amounts to a roughly $51.2 billion 2022-23 biennial budget, a $1.3 billion increase over base.

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