Top legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz resumed discussions Sunday as the clock ticked down on the 2019 legislative session with no word on whether they're close to a deal for completing their work and no official announcement that a special session will be necessary to finish up.
Neither Walz, Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka nor Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman have said much publicly during the past week on the progress of their negotiations toward a deal for the next two-year budget. Gazelka and Hortman maintained the "cone of silence" as they arrived for more talks with Walz on Sunday. It was unclear which issues remained unresolved.