Minnesota Senate Republicans have put up a united rhetorical wall against the tax and spending increases proposed by Gov. Tim Walz and the new DFL majority in the House. But coming out of the Easter/Passover break, with a mere five weeks to the finish, state Sen. Paul Gazelka, the GOP majority leader, has a difficult path forward. Republican senators will make sure Gazelka upholds their small-government principles, of course. But eventually he’ll have to agree to something that the Democrats can live with. A government shutdown, which would begin July 1 if Walz and the GOP-led Senate can’t agree on a budget, is not in anyone’s interest. But Republicans have traditionally fared badly in the public’s estimation after shutdowns. “And it’s all complicated by, what’s that in 2020 again? Oh yeah, an election.” That’s state Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, the voluble, amiable chiropractor and father of six.“It’s definitely the Rubik’s Cube situation we’re in,” he said. Abeler is a moderate Republican who served for more than a decade in the House before joining the Senate in 2016. Unlike some others with the maverick moniker, he prides himself on actually putting together deals. And he may wind up in the middle… Read full this story
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