Dayton Meets with Legislative Caucus Leaders to Discuss Budget

May 19, 2017 12:55 PM

On Friday morning, Governor Mark Dayton met with four legislative caucus leaders in the Governor's Cabinet Room at the capitol to discuss the budget deal.

Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Dayton rejected the latest offer made by Republican lawmakers and declined to make a counter offer.

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The Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner, Myron Frans, explains why the governor did not believe the Republican offer was adequate.

"The governor said to meet them half way and they have not and that is where we stand," Frans said. "Last night, the governor presented his halfway offer and he believed the offer he received last night was not that way. He really went to the 50 yard line and we are waiting for the legislature to come to 50 yard line. So we are at an impasse."

Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt said he is concerned the deadline to reach a deal will not be met.

"It's about two-thirds his way an one-third our way," Daudt said. "If that's how he is going to do his math, we and Minnesotans are going to see that as delay tactics and he is not really serious about finishing this legislative session on time."

There is a $1.6 billion surplus on the table and Dayton wants more money for government services. He is also asking that more funding for transportation be provided in the budget deal.

Republicans are pushing to use funding for road repairs and tax breaks.

Daudt said the governor needs to be willing to negotiate and compromise.

"We are certainly willing to compromise and we know it's not easy," Daudt said. "No one is going to get everything they want but a final agreement is there and we just need to work together to find it."

Dayton has stated that a new budget deal must be reached, but the time frame to do so is unclear at this point.

"I am highly confident we will get there," Dayton said. "We may not finish next Monday the way things are looking right now."

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