Dayton Plans to Veto Tax Bill Thursday Morning

May 16, 2018 09:30 PM

The video above ran prior to Dayton's official announcement of his veto plans Wednesday night


Gov. Mark Dayton's office has announced he plans to veto the tax bill passed by the State House and Senate during a visit with students at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul Thursday morning.

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The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The Senate passed the bill 34-33 along party lines Wednesday, sending it to Dayton's desk. The House had already passed the bill Tuesday.

Every Senate Democrat voted against the bill.

Dayton had already said he wouldn't sign a so-called tax conformity bill unless lawmakers set aside $138 million to help 59 Minnesota schools suffering budget shortages. An administration official also said the governor is concerned that the GOP plan helps the wealthy more than low- and middle-income families.

RELATED: Negotiations on State Tax Bill Stall as Deadline Looms

The probability of a veto was noted by DFL Senate Leader Tom Bakk on the Senate floor Wednesday.

"Members, I would appreciate a red vote and lets hustle this over to the governor today if we can so we can get the veto he announced this morning he was going to execute and we can get back to work on a bill he can sign," Bakk said.

That brought a sharp response from GOP Tax Committee Chair Roger Chamberlain, who said Senate staff worked hard to find agreement with the governor.

"If you don't think we've been working...the governor's got 150 to 200 people at the DOR working for him on his behalf," Chamberlain said in response to Bakk. "The federal government's got thousands. So if you think our people haven't been working lets go have a chat outside. Maybe a beer or whiskey.

"So I do take a little umbrage at the comment that we really gotta get to work now."

RELATED: Dayton Says He Won't Sign Tax Bill Without Emergency School Funding

House Speaker Kurt Daudt said he hoped a veto came quickly to give the Legislature time to craft a new bill.

Legislators have until Sunday night to do so.

The Associated Press contributed to this report



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