As state budget deadlock continues at the Minnesota Capitol, the Republican-controlled Senate is preparing to pass a bill that would continue funding at current levels if Governor Walz and Republicans can’t agree by the end of the fiscal year, June 30th:

Democrats object it’s basically acknowledging the legislature will miss next Monday’s deadline for passing a new budget and go into overtime. Saint Paul Senator Richard Cohen doesn’t like it:

“We reached this point, this is we kind of throw up our hands up in the air and say, gee, we give up.”

Hutchinson Republican Scott Newman responds:

“I don’t feel like the pressure is off at all.   I still have a job to do and I intend to do it.”

Lino Lakes Republican Roger Chamberlain adds it’s “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” and a continuing resolution will protect state agencies and employees, and protect those who rely on state services and those who pay the bills.