Budget Work Still at a Standstill

May 11, 2017 06:33 PM

What do you ultimately want to see in Minnesota's budget for the next two years? 

With less than two weeks to go before the May 23rd deadline, Republican leaders in the legislature are at an impasse with Governor Dayton. Here's your chance to let these three lawmakers know your thoughts!

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The Minnesota Legislature's budget work is at a standstill.

Lawmakers have until May 22 to wrap up a new, two-year budget. But Republicans in the Senate couldn't pass any budget bills Thursday for a second day because a GOP senator's absence left them without the necessary votes. And Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders weren't negotiating.

Republicans have already sent Dayton five budget bills after pulling out of those talks. Dayton on Thursday reiterated his promise to veto them all.

"We're dealing with a level of absurdity here, and a level of just irresponsible indifference to the needs of Minnesota," he said. "It's really shocking."

Dayton criticized Republicans Thursday for backing away from negotiations. House Speaker Kurt Daudt accused Dayton of trying to run out the clock.

But Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka offered a more tempered assessment.

"He's going to veto them," he said. "We all knew that. Even though we on our side are fighting for what we believe, he's standing up for what he believes."

The two sides have a mountain of differences to resolve. Dayton says he's still optimistic they can get it done when they resume work next week.

But Dayton said not to expect any progress over the Fishing Opener weekend.

"If you see somebody go overboard, then I'd be suspicious as to the cause," he joked.

KSTP's Tom Hauser contributed to this story.

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