Clashes over taxes, policing, emergency powers stymie budget talks at Minnesota Capitol


Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope stopped to talk with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake toward the end of a Senate floor session Wednesday. One week remains for Minnesota legislators to compromise on a roughly $52 billion state budget and make their final stands on policy goals during the regular legislative session.

It was always going to be a heavy lift: Set the next state budget with a politically divided government and vastly opposing views on taxes and government spending.

Throw in a global pandemic, lingering uncertainty around public health and federal aid and passionate disagreements over police reform. Oh, and conduct some of those tense negotiations over Zoom.

"We have not the greatest track record of ending on time. And this year COVID, emergency powers, federal money, police reform, make ending on time even more difficult in 2021 than in the past decade," said Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman of Brooklyn Park.


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