DULUTH, MN — Monday’s midnight deadline for the state legislature has come and gone, and there’s still work to be done.
It’s now up to the lawmakers to decide what exactly goes in to the final budget and bonding bills.
“The general target numbers have been agreed upon between the governor, speaker of the house, and the majority leader of the senate,” Senator Erik Simonson said. “We cannot go beyond those numbers, so we know the overall size of the two-year budget and we know the overall size of these 10 individual bills. It’s just a matter of making it all fit within the target.”
On Tuesday, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson gave an update on what she knows and how the legislative priorities for the city align with that state budget.
Larson says she remains optimistic that the city’s proposals will make it through to the finish.
Those proposals include funding for the Duluth seawall, Duluth’s Street Improvement Plan, and the Vision Northland project.
Mayor Larson says the city is asking for that money to meet the needs of the community and she believes it would be unfortunate if those needs are not met.
Senator Simonson says all of Duluth’s provisions are still in play. Though, officials acknowledge, at this time, there are no guarantees.
“There is always a chance that something will not happen, and my job is to continue to show up and make it incredibly difficult to disrespect or dishonor the will of an electorate who has a plan,” Mayor Larson said.
Mayor Larson says Duluth’s Medical District project will be moving forward regardless of what comes out of those final bills.
The bills are expected to be finalized this Thursday during a special session.