May 15, 2017 07:38 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 Republican Legislature has sent the remainder of its budget bills to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk.
Now the real work begins.
GOP legislative leaders abandoned the negotiating table last week and began sending the Democratic governor their own versions of the budget. Dayton closed out the week by vetoing those bills, but the Legislature only finished half its budget bills.
They finished that work Monday afternoon. Dayton has promised to veto those proposals. Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka urged the governor to reconsider. "Our budget...encourages economic growth, cuts bureaucratic red tape and slows down the automatic growth in government spending, " Gazelka said in a written statement. "There are plenty of reason for the governor to sign these bills."
The two sides have just a week to finalize a budget. Whether they finish or require overtime will depend on whether they can hash out their enormous differences.
Dayton is pushing for a larger budget with money for prized programs like expanding preschool options. Republicans want a slimmer budget with $1 billion in tax breaks.
Updated: May 15, 2017 07:38 PM
Created: May 15, 2017 12:25 PM
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