Dayton Makes New Budget Proposal

May 17, 2017 10:13 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 23 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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Governor Mark Dayton said he has made a "Meet Half Way" budget offer to House and Senate Republicans. The offer essentially proposes $682 million for tax cuts and transportation funding and an increase of $682 million for all other spending in 2018-19. Republicans were skeptical of the offer.

And they responded with their own offer Wednesday night.

"They've entitled (to) their offer 'Meet Half Way,' but that must have been written by their communications staff," GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt said of Dayton's offer.

"Because it doesn't meet half way."

The offer came after Dayton and Legislative finished another round of budget talks Wednesday afternoon.

Republican leaders said the Dayton's offer is "different" enough they had to review it.

The two sides have until May 22 to finalize a deal. The parties also met for 90 minutes Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and other mayors from around the state were at the capitol Wednesday urging lawmakers to boost local government aid.

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