Monday, April 17, 2017

Legislature Returns.  After a ten-day break, the Legislature will be returning to St. Paul tomorrow and it promises to be a hectic couple of weeks as conference committees will be appointed and convened for the tax bill and all of the budget bills.  It will be interesting to see how long it takes to wrap up the conference committees seeing that there isn't that much difference in the budget targets between the House and the Senate.  I don't have any inside information, but from my vantage point, I think the Legislature would like to get its bills to the Governor by May 1 because it is expected the Governor will be sending most of them back with a veto message attached.  Here's an article from the Minnesota Public Radio web page that provides some insight that would back up that impression.  

Commissioners Set Stakes for Upcoming Budget Battle

But let's not get ahead of ourselves.  Sit back and enjoy a little bit of Gene Autry with one of his greatest hits (No, not Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) to celebrate the Legislature's return to the saddle.

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