Session ends and, if you believe the the media, the MNGOP spent the entire time sightseeing:
All that and more must now await a special session this summer, as the Republican majority and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton ended an acrimonious five-month session with very little business done and a $5 billion projected shortfall mostly untouched.
There’s no sign more time in St. Paul would spark a deal to avoid a bruising government shutdown. A long season of legislating only hardened and widened the deep, bitter divide between Dayton and the new legislative leadership.
Read: The Governor used the only tactic he has: stalling, and counting on the media to shape public opinion for him.
Expect a “Minnesota Poll” showing Minnesotans favor “compromise” 60-40, with a 3:2 oversample of DFLers.
And probably a “Humphrey Institute” poll showing it’s more like eleventy-teen to one.
Here you go, Star Tribune and KARE11 and Esme Murphy; it’s your moment to shine.