The latest state budget forecast comes out tomorrow (Tues) and lawmakers are wondering how much red ink they’ll have to deal with. The last forecast in May showed a 2.4-billion-dollar deficit — a four-billion-dollar drop from the previous budget surplus — due to economic effects of COVID. But Governor Tim Walz says, based on preliminary information he has…

“We believe that that number will be materially better. And when I say that, I’m in the dangerous spot of forecasting a forecast.”

The forecast will tell lawmakers how big a gap they’ll have to close in the next state budget — and before that, how much is available for emergency aid to COVID-closed bars and restaurants. Walz is pushing lawmakers for a deal so he can call a special session as soon as possible to pass it.