It’s not as though the DFL-controlled House and GOP-controlled Senate can’t or won’t acknowledge each other’s goals. It’s just that it isn’t going to be a top priority for what will be a unique special session of the Minnesota Legislature.
As lawmakers return for just the third day of session in the last four weeks, it is striking to look at how quickly the crisis has changed the Capitol.
By splitting up the conference calls by party, lawmakers were able to avoid triggering rules on open meetings.
The latest executive order came just a few hours after the Minnesota Legislature outlined how they would mostly vacate the capitol after getting a few critical things done to respond to COVID-19.
With the House and Senate still split between the DFL and the GOP and a critical election on the horizon in November, the session could end with few accomplishments.
The explanations offered by both Democrats and Republicans have to do with the pharmaceutical industry.
The deal struck to end the 2019 Legislature used $491 million out of Minnesota’s rainy day fund to keep the state’s books in the black, creating a precedent that budget writers will have to deal with going forward.
They key to a relatively productive legislative session, says Hortman? Waiting until 2020 to wage the 2020 campaign.
The 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature was one of conflicting expectations.
There will be no general tax increase, and no gas tax hike. But there will be a cut in the income tax rate for middle-income earners while a tax on medical providers will continue.
Announced Sunday evening, the deal triggers a frantic week — or perhaps longer — for Minnesota lawmakers.
DFL leaders continue to expect Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka to meet them somewhere between zero and the billions in tax increases they’ve proposed. Gazelka has refused to do that.
Meeting in the middle can sometimes resolve policy differences. But it’s rarely helpful in resolving philosophical ones.
The DFL-controlled House and Gov. Tim Walz back budgets that include significant tax increases, while the GOP-controlled Senate has taken a no-new-taxes stance.
Approving Minnesota’s allocation of the Help America Vote Act for election security was supposed to be easy. It has been anything but.
One critic of omnibus bills, Sen. John Marty, takes issue with the notion that the reliance on omnibus bills is just business as usual.
During the annual “Session Priorities” dinner of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, a panel of legislative leaders was asked to give one-word answers to a series of questions by host Tom Hauser.
Passing a gas tax increase and a MinnesotaCare buy-in option are top priorities for Gov.-elect Tim Walz and House DFLers. But opposition among Senate Republicans is bound to create a conflict from day one.
Exactly what policies the DFL may be able to send to Walz’s desk with a new House majority is far from clear. But Tuesday’s election results may be as much about what won’t get passed by the Legislature as what will get through.
The disconnect at the Capitol is not so much about political philosophy, but over what even constitutes compromise these days — what “halfway” looks like.