One week from today (Tues), lawmakers are back at the State Capitol in Saint Paul to begin the 2023 session:

They have a massive budget surplus even larger than in 2022 — nearly 18 billion dollars — and, unlike the year that’s ending, lawmakers in 2023 must set a new state budget.   And the political dynamic is much-changed:  Democrats now will control the Senate, along with the House and governor’s office as they did last session.  With such a large surplus, there will likely be tremendous pressure for tax relief, but also for more spending.  And among highly-controversial social issues:  whether to put abortion rights into state law, and should recreational marijuana be legalized in Minnesota?