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Gov. Walz, Minnesota leaders will take questions during Forum News Service event Feb. 2

Journalists from around the state will be able to pose questions to the state's top leaders during the virtual news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

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The electrolier illuminated the dome of the Minnesota State Capitol building on the first day of the 2019 legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.
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ST. PAUL — Forum News Service on Wednesday, Feb. 2, will host a conversation between Minnesota's legislative leaders, Gov. Tim Walz and reporters from all over the state.

During the virtual news conference, journalists will ask Minnesota lawmakers about the most pressing issues facing lawmakers as they return to St. Paul for the 2022 legislative session.

In addition to Gov. Walz, legislators scheduled to participate include:

  • House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley
  • House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown
  • Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller, R-Winona
  • Senate Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen, DFL-Edina

Lawmakers this legislative session are set to continue the state's efforts to mitigate COVID-19 and its affect on Minnesota's health and the economy, negotiate a historic local jobs and projects bill and determine how the state should spend a roughly $7.75 billion budget surplus.

During a Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, virtual conversation, Minnesota's top lawmakers clashed on the validity of the 2020 election, COVID-19 response and more.

They'll also face a Feb. 15 deadline to redraw the state's voting maps for the next decade, a feat that they've not been able to solve in decades.

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It's one of the only — if not the only — events that puts the leaders of the state's divided government into a space with Minnesota reporters to answer questions on any topic.

Forum News Service Capitol Correspondent Dana Ferguson will moderate the conversation.

You can watch the discussion live on Forum Communications Co. news websites at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. And Minnesota Senate Media Services is also expected to carry the event live.

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Dana Ferguson is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Ferguson has covered state government and political stories since she joined the news service in 2018, reporting on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the divided Statehouse and the 2020 election.
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