Minnesota lawmakers return to St. Paul as budget work continues


Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Protesters gathered first at the Senate Office Building, then later in the State Capitol, to support Rep Erik Mortensen�s Never Again Bill trying to prevent Minnesota Governors from unilaterally declaring emergencies, requiring a 2/3 vote by the House and Senate.

Minnesota's divided Legislature returned to work on Monday, showing early signs of progress on the state's $52 billion budget by striking a deal to phase out the state's eviction moratorium.

Yet top leaders say sticking points remain between the two parties on issues such as police reform and education funding. Still, both sides were adamant they will finish their work in special session before July 1, avoiding a state government shutdown.

"We're ready to roll up our sleeves and get the job done," said Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake. "I think that's important for Minnesota. The fact is if we did not get the job done by July 1, the ramifications are too serious for Minnesota."



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