Politics Friday: Gov. Tim Walz on session 2023 and that big budget surplus

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Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan host a press conference Wednesday morning after Walz's reelection.
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The Minnesota State Legislature gaveled into its 93rd session two months ago, and lawmakers have quickly gotten to business. 

MPR News political editor Mike Mulcahy gets the latest news from the Capitol with political reporters Dana Ferguson and Peter Callaghan. And Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Mark Johnson, R-East Grand Forks, talks about the GOP agenda for the remainder of the session.

Later in the program, a conversation with Gov. Tim Walz about the state’s budget surplus and his top priorities for the legislative session.


  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz 

  • State Sen. Minority Leader Mark Johnson, R-East Grand Forks

  • Dana Ferguson is a politics reporter covering the Minnesota Capitol and elections for MPR News. 

  • Peter Callaghan is a state government reporter for the MinnPost.

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