Gov. Dayton Invites Legislative Leaders to Negotiate Differences

Gov. Dayton Invites Legislative Leaders to Negotiate Differences Photo: AP/File

June 06, 2017 12:32 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter to four legislative leaders Tuesday inviting them to meet and negotiate their remaining differences from the special session. 

The governor's letter was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt and House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman. Dayton requested they meet with him and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith in the "near future."


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At the end of the most recent special session, Dayton cut off the Legislature's funding with a line-item veto in an effort to force Republicans to change some provisions in the budget bills he signed. 

The Legislature had also sent Dayton a measure that required his signature on a tax bill to prevent the Department of Revenue from losing funding in the future. 

The result is that Dayton and lawmakers are still locked in a dispute about the budget more than two weeks after the end of the regular legislative session, and they appear to be headed for a battle in court. 


Andrew Heiser

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