Proposals to use Minnesota's surplus to cut taxes and give schools and other areas of state spending a boost stalled amid partisan gridlock at the divided Legislature over the weekend.
The big picture: A midnight Sunday deadline for passing bills by the end of the regular session came and went, with some of the biggest pieces of a deal to spend more than $8 billion of the state's projected surplus unfinished.
Top Minnesota lawmakers have agreed to the framework of an end-of-session deal on spending a big chunk of the state's surplus, with one week to go until the deadline to adjourn for the year.
The big picture: Under the tentative agreement announced by Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders Monday, about $4 billion will go to tax cuts and $4 billion to spending on areas such as education, public safety and health services over the next three years.
Minnesota Republicans endorsed Scott Jensen as their candidate to take on DFL Gov. Tim Walz after a long and contentious debate on Saturday.
Why it matters: The endorsement unlocks support from the state party and has historically carried significant sway with GOP primary voters.
November matchups for some of Minnesota's top statewide races could be all but finalized by this weekend — if a fight over election security doesn't derail the state Republican Party convention.
What's happening: Republican activists will gather in Rochester Friday and Saturday to endorse candidates for statewide office, including governor, ahead of the August primary.
Trail Mix is Axios Twin Cities reporter Torey Van Oot's occasional column reporting on Minnesota's midterm campaigns.
Statewide races are in the spotlight this weekend, as Republicans flock to Rochester to pick their preferred candidates.
- But the longest-serving member of Minnesota's congressional delegation is facing an endorsement challenge this weekend.
The prospect of his new political party being called a spoiler doesn't seem to bother Andrew Yang.
The big picture: The former presidential candidate, who launched the Forward Party late last year after leaving the Democratic Party, told Axios in an interview that his effort reflects a need for the nation to "evolve to a dynamic, more representative multi-party system."
In mid-March, as COVID-19 cases fell to some of the lowest levels in months, Gov. Tim Walz touted plans for a COVID "after action" report.
- The findings, which he said could be released by the end of the month, would serve as a "playbook for future administrations and future Minnesotans" for how to respond to future waves.
Minnesota abortion providers are bracing for a surge in demand if the U.S. Supreme Court's leaked draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade holds.
The big picture: Abortion will remain legal in the state for the immediate future if Roe is overturned, due to a 1995 state Supreme Court decision. But it would immediately become illegal in two of our neighbors — North Dakota and South Dakota.
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