GOP Backs Away from Negotiating to Push Dayton on Budget
ST. PAUL (AP) - Republicans who control the Legislature are preparing to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton over the budget.
The two sides have been meeting privately for a week to hash out their different visions for the next two-year budget. But the GOP appeared to reverse course Monday night, taking steps to send the Democratic governor their own budget proposals.
The maneuver puts the Legislature on a collision course with just two weeks remaining in session. Dayton has criticized the GOP budget as too slim and suggested he may veto several bills. He's outlined a roughly $46 billion package, while Republicans have assembled nearly $45 billion in spending with more than $1 billion in tax cuts.
Legislative leaders shed little light on their plans Monday, when House Speaker Kurt Daudt said negotiations were progressing.