As lawmakers prepare for yet another special session to finish the state budget, Hamline University analyst David Schultz says divided and polarized government is not the only reason for the difficulty in recent years:

“We have in place a budget process that was really designed for government probably a half a century ago if not longer.”

Schultz says the schedule of economic forecasts leaves lawmakers with not enough time to finish the budget before the mid-May deadline.   Schultz says that could be changed, or Minnesota could adopt the approach of neighboring Wisconsin — the budget continues at its current level until lawmakers pass a new one, thereby avoiding government shutdown.