Minnesota lawmakers have their work cut out for them in crafting a new two year budget, a process that begins this week when Gov. Tim Walz lays out his $50 billion plus proposal.
Walz is framing his proposal as “Minnesota’s COVID-19 recover budget” that will emphasize assistance to small businesses, help for working families affected by the disease or the related fallout and measures to get students caught up after a year of mostly distance learning.
Jim Schowalter, Commissioner of the Department of Minnesota Management and Budget, said “COVID is everything and really sets the backdrop for the proposals and mood as we release the budget.”
Tuesday’s budget release is the starting point for the budget negotiations. A new budget must be in place by July 1st to avoid an interruption of services.