Dating back to 1999, eight of the last 10 legislative sessions in budget years have resulted in special sessions. That’s the case this year, even though Governor Walz and legislative leaders came to an agreement before Monday’s adjournment deadline.

“The fact that they got the agreement done at the last minute, isn’t proof that divided government works, but yet again a sign   there is something wrong out there with either the politics or the budget process or something in Minnesota.”

Hamline University Political analyst David Schultz calls the current session another example of “the new normal”–where the two parties have fundamentally different views of the role of government in society, making it difficult to get any work done on time.