After failing to pass the state’s two-year budget during the 2021 Legislative Session, lawmakers are back in St. Paul for a special session aimed at accomplishing that task and avoiding a government shutdown.
Legislative Leaders were able to finally announce a deal on joint budget targets as well as agreement on a couple of high-profile tax issues, but a special session will now be needed to pass those agreed to budget bills.
Speaker Hortman and Majority Leader Gazelka set a deadline of May 7th to agree to joint budget targets to allow their Conference Committees one week to finalize and pass their omnibus bills. But that deadline has come and gone and we are still waitin
With only two weeks to go before the Constitutionally mandated adjournment date of May 17th, Conference Committees are starting to meet to resolve differences between the omnibus budget bills passed by House and Senate.
Nearly all of the omnibus budget bills have now passed both the DFL-controlled House and the GOP-controlled Senate and most of the Conference Committees have been named.
Omnibus budget bills continued to work their way through the legislative process last week with most passing through the Ways and Means and Finance committees in the House and Senate respectively.
Omnibus budget bills advance out of committee and are slated to be heard in the Finance and Ways and Means Committees this week before they head to the House and Senate for passage by each body.
House and Senate Finance Committees have rolled out their omnibus budget bills and will spend the week walking through the bills.
Governor Walz's updated budget recommendations are based on the improved forecast from February that projects a surplus of over $1.5 billion in the upcoming biennium.
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