The legislative session kicked off Tuesday with legislative leaders admitting that much of what will be discussed this year is not with an aim to pass legislation, but rather with the goal of drawing distinctions between them and their political opposites.

However, the positive news out of the beginning stages of session is that there seems to be broad consensus on the need for a large bonding bill (see more below).

With aggressive committee deadlines and the legislative Easter/Passover break at the beginning of April, the calendar will be very compressed. Already this first week CGMC lobbyists have been all over the Capitol meeting with legislators on CGMC priorities such as water infrastructure funding, increasing the Local Government Aid appropriation annually by inflation and population growth, child care and PFAS, just to name a few.

On top of that, hearings are already well under way. Unlike the first year of the biennium, the start of session the second year entails hitting the road at a full sprint rather than the gentle ramping up that comes with a traditional budget year.

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