And we’re near the end.
The Minnesota Legislature will end its 2021 legislative session May 17.
If Republicans in the state Senate, Democrats in the state House and Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, don’t agree on a two-year state budget, they’ll have go into a special session to avoid a state government shutdown starting July 1.
That spending plan — likely to be in the neighborhood of $50 billion — matters and is often described as a reflection of priorities. But so much more than dollars and cents go into how it turns out. Under St. Paul’s marble dome in May, that so much more is called politics.
Here are seven of those political forces:
Politics of numbers