Less than 10 hours remain in the 2017 legislative session. Yesterday, three of the 13 major budget bills passed with what appears to be somewhat of an agreement between Governor Dayton and the Republican leadership. It is possible that these bills could be vetoed, but I suspect they will be signed by the Governor. The bills that passed were jobs finance, environment finance and higher education funding.
However, with the taxes, transportation, health and human services, bonding and K-12 education among the bills that have not passed, it seems increasingly likely that a special session will be needed. My take is that the best possible outcome would be for the Governor and legislative leaders to reach a “handshake agreement” on the overall size of the bills, and then take a few days or a week to assemble the bills before reconvening for a special session. The concern of not having a rough agreement and not passing the bills soon is that the pressure to “get it done” will be gone and we could be looking at a partial government shutdown beginning July 1. Continue reading