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Walz discusses chances of compromise, reaching budget deal with Republicans

April 04, 2019 07:00 PM

One day after his first State of the State Address, Gov. Tim Walz sat down for a one-on-one interview with KSTP's Tom Hauser Thursday.

Though Walz spoke a lot about compromise with Republicans in his address, he told Hauser that may be difficult to achieve. 

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RELATED: Walz calls for unity in first State of the State address

Republicans have expressed their desire to get rid of a two-percent health care provider tax, and have voiced their opposition to Walz's proposal to raise the gas tax by 20 cents a gallon and increase license tab fees to help pay for transportation projects.
 
Democrats control the Minnesota House, but Republicans remain in the majority in the Senate.



"Everything is on the table, but I'm not going to compromise against the safety and well-being of Minnesotans," he said. "And at this time, this entire session has been me negotiating against myself because there is no Senate proposal.

"There is no health care proposal different than the provider tax."

EXTENDED INTERVIEW: KSTP's Tom Hauser sits down with Gov. Tim Walz

The two sides will need to work together if they are to come up with a budget deal before the legislative session ends on May 20.


 

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