GOP Lawmakers Crafting Budget Bills to Send Dayton

GOP Lawmakers Crafting Budget Bills to Send Dayton

GOP Lawmakers Crafting Budget Bills to Send Dayton

He and legislative leaders are scheduled to appear on Twin Cities Public Televisions' Almanac show Friday at 7 p.m.

Governor Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are back behind closed doors in an attempt to work out a state budget they can both agree on.

"Minnesotans should be confident that when they get to the airport they'll be allowed to fly", said Rep. Gene Pelowski Jr., DFL-Winona.

In response, Republican lawmakers said they are going into a "cone of silence" on the status of negotiations.

"For the second time this year, we are going to get our job done on time, do what Minnesotans sent us here to do, and encourage the governor to sign these bills".

House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka outlined the latest Republican budget numbers.

"Every bill always has policy", Gazelka said.

It took two years and a disagreement about expanding ID access to immigrants living in the state illegally, but a bill passed this week sets the necessary upgrades to driver's licenses in motion.

The state's ban on Sunday liquor sales has been a perennial issue at the Capitol for a decade or more, regularly failing by wide margins. "We're doing our part, and we want the governor to do his part", said Gazelka, R-Nisswa. That still is more than Dayton sought.

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Dayton says some of the GOP's proposed extra funding for public schools and other government programs will help. Republicans said they do too.

Governor Dayton has offered two proposals in a compromise to legislators, both including higher tab fees.

Owatonna Mayor Tom Kuntz said that the $900,000 his city has lost in LGA since 2006 has had to be replaced by local tax funds, but city residents can not afford more property tax increases. "We hope to engage with the governor over the course of the next three days and get agreement on all of these bills". For health and human services funding, such programs as insurance for the poor, would lose $258 million from current law under the GOP plan, but that is less than the party planned earlier. The new law would require the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to begin issuing licenses by October 1, 2018. "They said, they wanted to negotiate".

The Legislature faces a May 22 deadline to finish its budget.

"Governors always have a very strong hand", Bakk said.

That means these budgets could be vetoed just like the last one. But without details, he did not know how much he can support. Any budget needs to pass the Republican-controlled Legislature and be signed by Dayton, but negotiations have stalled out in recent days. Lawmakers needed a one-day special session in 2015 to finish up several budget bills that Dayton vetoed.

At stake is funding for almost all state government programs.

But with time in the legislative session running out, House and Senate leaders said they no longer could wait to reach a deal with the governor.

"Gov. Dayton says GOP lawmakers made a "serious" budget offer this morning", Hauser tweeted.

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