ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders announced a budget agreement on Sunday night – but lawmakers may still not have enough time to finish their work ahead of Monday’s adjournment deadline.
The deal sets the framework for the state’s budget for the next two years at just over $48 billion. It includes large investments in education and health care but it does not include the gas tax increase that Walz had been asking lawmakers for to invest in Minnesota’s roads and bridges.
“In one of the only divided governments in the country, I am proud that we came together across party lines to put together a budget that will improve the lives of Minnesotans,” Walz said at a press conference Sunday evening. “While compromise means everyone doesn’t get everything they want, this budget allows for meaningful investments in education, health care and community prosperity.”
While the deal occurs before the state legislature’s constitutional adjournment deadline, lawmakers are expected to need a little extra time to get their work done. Should they need a special session – it would be set for Thursday.