Now that all the major budget bills have been passed in the state House and Senate, the real work begins. So says House Speaker Melissa Hortman.

“In order for this session to be different from so many that preceded it, we need to do things differently, we need to continue to drive very, very aggressively, right now we don’t take our foot off the accelerator, actually we push down a little further to get to the point where we can finish on time.”

Budget targets are due Monday and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says…

“We’re all trying to get to that spot, but we don’t know, we’ve never been down this path to try to get it done this early.”

Major differences remain in key bills and those will be hammered out in conference committees. Budget targets are due on May 6th and the session is set to end May 20th.