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May 12, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Negotiations on a state budget are stalled as of this writing, so it's time to start gaming out each side's tactical advantages if the gavel comes down on May 20 without money to fund government for the next two years.

Let's start with Republicans who control the state Senate.

If you don't need anything out of a negotiation, you're in a strong position.

Here's what I mean: They already saw big wins in past legislative sessions and are content to guard those victories now.

In 2017, Republicans controlled both chambers of the Legislature and were desperate to use their fleeting power to get a tax cut. And they got one...