Police reform is by far the most contentious issue as the Minnesota House and Senate open negotiations this morning (9am) on a public safety funding bill (9am):
Democrats and the governor say much more needs to be done, but Senate Republicans say the legislature did a lot last year after George Floyd’s death. But in this case, it’s Governor Tim Walz who has the final say. Last week Walz wouldn’t answer the question, will he *not* sign the state budget unless it includes police reform?
The question is, would Walz endanger part or all of the state budget over police reform — or leave uncertain what he *might* do, to try to squeeze concessions from Republicans?