The Minnesota Legislature kicks off a new session Tuesday with Democrats in full control of state government, a $17.6 billion surplus and a long list of unfinished priorities.
Lawmakers must pass a state budget this year. And DFL leaders aim to seize their opportunity to tackle policy goals — from enshrining abortion rights in state law to passing long-sought gun control measures.
But Democrats hold only a one-seat majority in the Senate, and their control of the House has narrowed, leaving little room for defectors among the DFL ranks.
Gov. Tim Walz will announce his vision for the budget this month, then work with legislators to shape the two-year spending plan. Meanwhile, advocates are already lobbying state leaders on spending and tax priorities,…