Republicans and Democrats return to the State Capitol Tuesday after their spring break with very different ideas for the state’s record budget surplus and just over a month to the end of the legislative session. Hamline University political analyst David Schultz sees the two sides’ positions as posturing for the fall elections:
“And that’s what’s making it so hard, I think, for there to be any resolution…, because these are really, what? campaign issues and not legislative proposals.”
With Republicans and Democrats far apart on many issues and no government shutdown looming at the end of June, many analysts predict only a meager work product from the 2022 session. They say both sides will take their cases to voters, hoping to gain total control of state government in the fall elections.