image caption The deal could make it easier for Welsh Labor to control the Senedd
So much has changed since 2016, but some things are repeated.
Five years after this year The elections of Senedd and the LaborThey are talking again with Plaid Cymru to strike a deal to help Labor ministers govern.
The circumstances are different this time around.
In 2016, Carwyn Jones was nearly fired from his post as prime minister by an unlikely effort from Plaid, the Tories and UKIP.
After the 2021 election, Plaid and the Conservatives had nodded to Mark Drakeford's return as Prime Minister.
But that doesn't mean everything the government wants to do will happen without any help.
The workforce is faced with making deals on a case-by-case basis, which it has done before, or something more formal and stable.
As of Tuesday's statement, it looks like Labor wants the latter - a deal ahead of a coalition deal that could give ministers a bit of a breather.
Nothing has been worked out but there is a lot that the parties agree on andthat could be part of a deal.
Here There are five things that could come up in the talks and one big issue - independence - that Labor and Plaid won't agree on agreement.
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1. Senedd reform
Plaid Cymru has long called for a larger Senedd with more elected members, as have other pro-devolution votes over the years.
This has always been a tough question for politicians to ask, especially since the 2009 spending scandal.
But it has been approved by Mark Drakeford after the election delivered a majority of member states who were in favor of more powers and a stronger Welsh Parliament.
Reform could see more Senedd members and a new voting system that would reflect more of the waynt people voted.
This is believed to be one of the main reasons Plaid is interested in working with Labor.
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2. Social assistance
Plaid Cymru called for a substantial reform of the social assistance system.
Although Labor criticized Plaid at the time, the party has similar goals in wanting to see a free system at that time of need.
The Labor manifesto said it wanted to see a UK-wide solution, but also said he would act if the UK government didn't.
The question is what ministers think they could afford, and how that would fit into the vision of Plaid for an integrated health and social care service, if applicable.
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3. Housing tax changes
Both sides have pledged to shake up the housing tax - long criticized for being based on property values rather than affordability.
Plaid Cymru said during the election campaign that he wanted to reduce average bills for communal taxpayers by reforming the system.
Labor also pledged to reform the tax communal.
None has said how, giving them space to make a deal if they choose to do so.
image source, image caption Many on the left wanted radical action on free school meals
4. Free school meals
Free school meals have become a totemic problem for a large part from the left in 2020, and as the Covid pandemic wreaked havoc on the economy.
Plaid Cymru wanted free meals for all primary school students .ists have been less willing to make such a broad commitment.
But ministers have been under pressure from their own ranks on the issue.
Labor has said it would extend eligibility to resources would allow - where could the two parties meet?
image source, Robin Drayton / Geographer image caption Second homes have become more and more controversial in recent years
5. Residences side
The issue has become extremely controversial at the heart of Plaid in West and North West Wales.
Clearly the Labor Party believes that some thing needs to be done and consider pilot from new policies .
This is something you might see Plaid Cymru wanting to drag the work towards harder action.
The party proposed a cap on second homes and the eliminationof a loophole that allows homeowners to register their homes as businesses in order to avoid local tax premiums.
They will not agree on independence
Welsh Labor opponents will undoubtedly raise their eyebrows on any deal with a party that wants Wales to leave the UK.
Although Plaid and Labor will both likely call for greater decentralization, promoting Welsh independence will not be part of this deal.
While there are some pro-independence voices in the Welsh work, they are outside the Senedd group.
Mark Drakeford, although critical of the UK government, is a trade unionist and it's just not on his agenda.