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.