Improve how the Minnesota Legislature sets the state budget — that’s the topic as a series of meetings kicks off at the State Capitol today (Wed 1pm). Committee chair, Winona Representative Gene Pelowski laments…

“17 special sessions in the last 21 years.   Our one constitutional responsibility is to pass a balanced budget on time.”

Pelowski, in his 17th term, says the legislature has become focused on individual members’ bills. He says the budget must come first and policy bills are secondary.