It’s one week until lawmakers return to Saint Paul with the goal of finishing a new budget before the state government begins to shut down at the end of the month.  Democrats and Republicans have big differences in a number of controversial policy areas and Hamline University analyst David Schultz says  one important question is, can negotiators come up with an agreement that allows both sides to somehow “save face”:

“Democrats are gonna have to go back to their constituents and explain why they didn’t get police reform.   Republicans are gonna have to go back to their constituents and explain why they didn’t get something on… (the) governor’s emergency powers.”

Governor Tim Walz said last week, “The last thing anybody should be talking about or threatening is a government shutdown.”  Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said, “The Senate has no issues that we would demand a shutdown to get.”