Minnesota lawmakers did not get all of their work before the end of the state legislative session. For the last week, working groups have been trying to meet an informal budget policy deadline. Ag lobbyist Bruce Kleven says it will be interesting to see how much work actually gets done. “There’s been some behind-the-scenes discussion among leaders, but I’m not aware of lawmakers actually meeting that first deadline.” A special session expected in mid-June. “Only Governor Walz can call a special session, but once lawmakers come back to town, they decide how long to stay,” says Kleven. “What may happen is the governor calls lawmakers back on June 14 and they stay until June 30. That’s the next hard deadline, because the state’s fiscal year begins July 1. They need a budget by June 30, otherwise the government shuts down.”
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