At Issue: May 7 - Budget Negotiations Continue, State GOP & DFL Chairs in Studio

May 07, 2017 04:44 PM

State Budget Negotiations Continue with Two Weeks to Go Until Legislative Deadline

Monday marks two weeks until the end of the 2017 Legislative Session. There are still a lot of unresolved issues, the biggest of which remains a two-year budget deal. A budget agreement is the only thing lawmakers and the governor need to do in order to avoid a state government shutdown. However, they'd liek to accomplish many other things, including a transportation funding package, a REAL ID law and a bonding bill. 


Governor Dayton and legislative leaders have met several times throughout the week hoping to reach three-way budget targets. They've spent a majority of their time discussing several policy provisions in bills, many of which don't have the support of Governor Dayton. The governor says he's less optimistic that they'll reach an agreement by the May 22 deadline.

State GOP, DFL Chairs Clash on Health Care Vote, Impact on Minnesota

Jennifer Carnahan was elected chair of the State GOP Party last Saturday. She and DFL Party Chair Ken Martin sat down for their first joint interview for Sunday’s episode of At Issue with Tom Hauser.

Carnahan and Martin have sharply different views on how Thursday’s vote on Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will impact Minnesota.

“The party that considers themselves the pro-life party, they essentially by signing this bill, just signed a death sentence for millions of Americans,” said Martin. “And that is wrong and that's why Democrats are so mad and angry about this vote.”

But Carnahan pointed out she was personally impacted, negatively, by the Affordable Care Act’s high premiums, high deductibles and monthly payments.

“I know so many people across the state of Minnesota ... that didn't take health care because they just couldn't afford it,” she said.

Carnahan and Martin also disagree on how the vote will impact the 2018 Congressional elections, including the re-election bids by Minnesota Republican congressmen Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen. Both Lewis and Paulsen, along with Tom Emmer, voted in favor of the bill.


Amanda Theisen

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