Abortion, recreational marijuana and sports betting may grab an outsized share of attention during the 2023 session of the Minnesota Legislature. Laws permitting all three have a solid shot at passing in a session that opened earlier this month.

But the session could be transformational for Minnesotans in many other crucial ways. The state has a $17.6 billion budget surplus and a lengthening list of potentially good ideas that have yet to be fully funded or tested at all in Minnesota.

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