State lawmakers continue closed-door negotiations, with less than two weeks to an expected special session. The goal is to finish the budget — or state government begins to shut down July 1st. Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says:
“Each side has some things that are really important to them. We’re gonna fight, both sides are fighting for those things, but now we’re into special session (in mid-June) so, sooner or later, you have to figure out how you’re gonna get done.”
In addition to disagreements over funding for state programs, Democrats and Republicans differ sharply over “policy” issues including police reform, “clean car” standards and voter photo I-D at the polls.