MN Legislative Session in Home Stretch/Difficult Work Ahead


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz are getting down to the most difficult work of the 2019 legislative session.

Leaders of the Democratic-controlled House, the GOP-controlled Senate and the Democratic governor face a self-imposed deadline of Monday to agree on spending caps to help conference committees begin the work of negotiating solutions to the deep differences between the chambers with 2½ weeks left in the session.

The governor brought in health care executives from across Minnesota on Thursday to stress one of his top priorities — preserving an expiring tax that helps fund health care programs. Republicans want to let it die.

Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman says she expects a “very long weekend.”

Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says it won’t be easy but they’ll get the job done.


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