We're getting down to the wire at the MN Legislature. Minnesota is the only state in the union that has a divided government right now with a DFL governor, DFL majority House and a Republican majority Senate. Before the legislative session began there was high hopes on "working across the aisle" and compromise.
MN's House, Senate and Governor's office are in a stalemate when it comes to their proposed spending budget. The Democratic House proposed spending is $49.8 billion, Democratic Governor Tim Walz is $49.35 billion and the Republican Senate is proposing $47.7 billion. On Monday a compromise was offered by the House of a reduction of $640 million, Governor Walz came down $200 million and the Senate did not change the proposed spending budget. They did offer to search for an additional $200 million in the health and human services budget to put towards education. House Speaker Melissa Hortm
Minn Post state government reporter Peter Callaghan was our guest this morning - he's been covering the start of the MN Legislative Session and told us about the gun legislation being proposed and how the parties feel about it, recent press conferences including the bipartisan MN response to partial federal government shutdown - as well as information on the four MN Republican House members