Legislative Session ends with global budget targets, Special Session June 14
With roughly 12 hours left in the legislative session, the leaders of the House and Senate joined Governor Tim Walz in announcing global budget targets for the conference committees. Included in the deal was no new tax increases and tax relief for businesses that received Paycheck Protection Plan loans and for individuals that receive unemployment insurance benefits during the pandemic. The deal includes an additional $1.3 billion increase in spending above base budget projections.
The leaders made it clear, however, that this was a numbers-only agreement and that significant policy differences or priorities will be left to the legislature to negotiate. The conference committees, which will be reformed into workgroups, will begin working through the bills in the interim before the June 14th Special Session, where it is anticipated that the agreements reached will be taken up and passed.
The workgroups must have the spreadsheets completed by May 28th and the policy agreements reached by June 4th to ensure that the Revisor has enough time to process the bills. MAPE will continue to work in the interim to advocate for full agency operating budgets and prevent anti-labor provisions from making it into the final agreements.