Dayton, Republicans Resume Budget Talks

May 16, 2017 08:06 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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Minnesota's legislative leaders were back at the negotiating table in search of a budget deal Tuesday.

The Legislature has less than a week to finalize a new, two-year budget. But first Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the Legislature must resolve the mountain of differences in their budget plans.

In a 30-minute meeting Tuesday afternoon, the governor proposed $624 million less in spending, with $208 million more in tax cuts - bringing that total to $500 million, less than half the GOP proposal. But he also proposed a $321 million increase in auto license tab fees through 2019, and another $638 million in 2020-21. 

Republicans called the license tab fee proposal "unacceptable." But they did say it was at least encouraging Dayton made a "global" offer.

Later Tuesday, Republicans emerged from another meeting saying the two sides had agreed on an agriculture bill.

But they also said they told the governor there will be no gas tax or license tab fee increases. House Speaker Kurt Daudt said with a $1.65 billion surplus, there is no need for new revenue in tab fees or from a gas tax.

But Republicans said they have reduced their tax cut proposal from $1.1 billion to $875 million.

For his part, Dayton said there remain "significant differences" between himself and Republican legislative leaders. He said with no new revenue being offered, and general fund money being taken for transportation, there will be problems getting a sustainable budget.

The governor also said he hasn't taken license tab fee increases off the table.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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