‘Damaged’ Relationship Between Daudt, Dayton May Shape 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he and Gov. Mark Dayton are entering 2017 with a "damaged relationship."
Daudt's assessment came Monday during a panel with fellow legislative leaders previewing next year's legislative session. But much of the 90-minute session focused on the past, including the recent blowup of a special session to address health care costs.
Months of negotiating how to issue shoppers a rebate for rising premiums dissolved last week when Daudt and the Democratic governor met briefly in public. The pair blamed one another for the failure. Daudt repeated that blame on Monday.
Daudt says it's up to the governor to repair their relationship. Dayton didn't attend Monday's panel due to an illness, but he's noted 2017 will likely be a difficult year.