Politics Friday

What’s next for the budget surplus — will there be a special session?

Capitol grounds
The Minnesota Capitol building, with the State Office Building in the foreground.
Tom Weber | MPR News File

After missing a deadline to pass tax and spending bills, state lawmakers headed home for the long weekend with a surplus of unspent money and major disagreements over how to spend it.

There is still no movement on a special session, and Democrats and Republicans can’t seem to get on the same page about having one. Is a special session still possible to strategize returning some of the surplus to Minnesotans? Meanwhile, the field of candidates is set for the 2022 campaign. Who’s in, who’s out and what does it mean to you? 

This week, Politics Friday host Mike Mulcahy led a roundtable discussion with folks who keep a close eye on state politics: MPR News politics reporter Brian Bakst, Star Tribune politics and government reporter Briana Bierschbach, and Dave Orrick from the Pioneer Press' Capitol Bureau.