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Dayton vetoes more budget bills; no deal in sight

17 May 2017

Minnesota's legislative leaders on Tuesday started to chip away at the massive differences that threaten to hold up a new, two-year budget, with Gov. Mark Dayton offering to slash the amount of spending he wants and agree to more in tax relief to strike a deal with Republicans. And any potential deal on government spending would hinge on the details of how that money is doled out.

The two sides resumed meeting Tuesday morning and were expected to continue meeting on-and-off throughout the day.

"We have worked diligently over the past five months to craft education legislation that puts Minnesota kids first", said Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, chair of the House Education Finance Committee.

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Dayton is pushing for a $46 billion budget with more funding for programs like a preschool expansion. Dayton has proposed a $1.5 billion borrowing package for roads, bridges, universities and other public projects. Raising license tab fees was part of an emerging deal past year between Democrats and Republicans, when the GOP controlled the House but not the Senate.

Raising license tab fees was part of an emerging deal previous year between Democrats and Republicans, when the GOP controlled the House but not the Senate.

Table comparing recent budget offers from Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers.

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"There has been a step here, and that is very important as we move toward the end", Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said. Dayton vetoed all 10 such bills. The governor followed through on that promise, vetoing the last of the bills Monday evening.

"We haven't even begun to discuss all the policy provisions that are lathered into these budget bills".

We're going to send these reports to the governor and encourage him to sign them into law so we can have the budget done early the way it was planned and the way Minnesotans want to see it happen.

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Dayton vetoes more budget bills; no deal in sight