We are now in Special Session. Midnight on Monday, May 22 was that Constitutional Deadline for the end of the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session. It became clear early on Monday that agreement would not be reached on the state's $46 Billion biannual budget in time for that deadline .
While a number of the Omnibus Budget Bills have been passed and presented to the Governor for his approval or veto the majority of the state's budget is still unresolved. At around 11pm on Monday, May 22 Governor Dayton and Legisative Leadership announced that they had reached a "global deal" and produced an outline of how a Special Session will proceed - see below.
The Special Session was called by the Governor to begin immediately anticipating its conclusion in the next few days. Although that "global deal" provides major guidance in regard to the budget and certain high profile issues there are numerous details within each budget bill that must be resolved over the next few days.
The announced " global deal" makes no mention of pension reform. A major pension bill (SF545) was approved by the Senate on Sunday night but the House has not yet taken up the bill. We believe that agreement on that bill was very near but we need to learn today how and if it is included for continued deliberation within the terms of this "global agreement.
As Tuesday and the following days proceed we will provide more details to keep you informed.