Welcome to the end of session review.
The session began with a $1.65 billion surplus. the structural balance of the state budget was something that remained at the top of mine and my colleagues minds this session and throughout the days-long special session. Minnesotans expect their legislature to be accountable, accessible, and to complete their work on time, but these values have not been the hallmark of this session and special session. In the days leading up to the end of the regular session, the work of the legislature ground to a halt as Governor Dayton attempted to negotiate budget deals with Republican majorities in both legislative chambers. A few smaller budget bills, including agriculture and economic development, were passed in the wee hours of Monday morning. As the hours ticked by, agreements on major budget bills, including more than 70% of the budget remained unresolved, resulting in a three day special session. (more…)