Lawmakers are in the middle of budget negotiations. It’s often a contentious and long process, but this year something kind of unusual happened. Lawmakers had a showdown against the 6-member joint budget committee that writes the budget. Bente Birkeland discusses what happened as part of our Capitol Conversation series.

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