Senator Paul Gazelka

Heidi Holtan

A special session of the 2020 MN Legislature is not a surprise – due in large part to a bonding bill that did not get passed and also the unusual circumstances of COVID-19.  But now, with the killing of George Floyd a new agenda for special session by Democrats has emerged.  Minn Post Reporter Walker Orenstein talked with us this morning on KAXE/KBXE. 

Peter Callaghan from MinnPost

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

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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.