Governor Tim Walz delivers his annual State of the State address Sunday night (6pm), in person at the Minnesota Capitol for the first time since the onset of the COVID pandemic.

It was 2019 when the governor last delivered the speech in the House chamber — his first State of the State address — and it’s a reasonable prediction that this time he’ll talk about Minnesota’s progress navigating through COVID-19, while Republicans will accuse him of excess use of executive powers.  It’s also a good bet Walz will push using part of the huge budget surplus for “investments” in education and other programs, while cautioning against Senate Republicans’ permanent tax cuts.  Walz also said he’ll present a proposal to try to break deadlock at the Capitol over the state’s Unemployment Insurance Fund and COVID bonuses for front-line workers.