House Passes Tax Bill, but Republican Plan to Pressure Dayton Hits Snag

May 10, 2017 07:19 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 23rd 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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The Republican-controlled Minnesota House on Tuesday passed an omnibus tax bill that includes a $1.15 billion tax cut Republicans say provides needed tax relief to middle-class Minnesotans.

But Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has already said he will veto the bill.

It was part of the efforts as the Republican Legislature pressed ahead this week with its own budget bills despite the governor's veto threats. 

But those plans had some bumps Wednesday.

RELATED: House, Senate Passing Budget Bills Despite No Agreement

The House and Senate passed several budget bills Tuesday evening and a couple more on Wednesday after backing away from negotiations with the Democratic governor. No new talks were held Wednesday.

"The ball really is in our court now," Daudt told reporters outside the House chamber. "We've been a little frustrated with the slow pace of budget negotiations and we decided that we wanted to show the state of Minnesota that we were serious about getting our work done on time and that's why we've paused here to send our budget to the governor's desk."

But that effort to pressure Dayton hit a snag Wednesday. A Senate Republican's absence to tend to an ailing family member left the GOP without the votes to pass its budget bills. It was unclear when those finals votes could resume.

Lawmakers are running out of time to finalize a deal with Dayton on a new, two-year budget. Their deadline is May 22.

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