ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) — A “last-ditch plea” for Minnesota lawmakers to call a special legislative session is being made. KSTP/TV reports that 17 entities that represent cities, counties, and school districts across the state have sent a letter to legislative leaders and to Governor Tim Walz to call House and Senate members back to St. Paul this year and pass several tax and supplemental budget bills.

The coalition states that the unspent state surplus should be used to relieve police and fire staffing shortages, and to help fund public schools and social services.

Leaders in the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate remain opposed to holding a special session unless Democrats agree to pass huge tax cuts.