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The Minnesota Legislature is expected to reconvene on June 14. The governor, 67 senators and 134 representatives couldn’t get their primary duty -- pass a two-year budget -- completed in the five-month 2021 session, so everything boils down to (and the rancor heats up, unfortunately) two weeks.

The existing biennial budget expires at 11:59 p.m. June 30. No more time to waste.

Have lawmakers made any progress?

The Minnesota Session Daily reported this week that the legislators tasked with focusing on higher education again appear to have passed the test first. In 2019, the state’s higher education omnibus bill was the only one completed during the regular session. The 2021 omnibus higher education agreement is the first one ready for action in a special session.

This is good news for Red Wing and Minnesota State College Southeast.

One down, 12 major budget areas to go. 

So can the other Democrat/Republican, House/Senate negotiation teams learn from the education lawmakers?

The state is again on the brink of shutdown, so the real question becomes: Can all Minnesota lawmakers learn that widening the partisan divide doesn’t make the grade in any year?

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