There is now less than a week remaining until the end of the legislative session. Budget negotiations between Governor Dayton and the Republican majority in the House and Senate have resumed, after the Governor’s veto of the Republican budget bills in recent days.
The Governor outlined his numerous reasons for vetoing these bills in the veto letters I am sharing with you below. It is important to remember that Governor Dayton and his administration have detailed their concerns about the Republican budget bills throughout this legislative session.
With these bills now vetoed, negotiations will proceed toward a final product that I hope can strike a better compromise to satisfy both Republicans and Governor Dayton, treat Minnesota families more equitably, and lead us to finish our work on time.
However, there are still hurdles before the timely finish of the legislative session on May 22nd. For starters, legislators have yet to see a final capital investment bill set before us for a vote. The capital investment bill is doubly important this year because of the lack of a completed bill last year. This legislation invests in the repair of critical infrastructure in communities throughout the state and creates thousands of good-paying jobs in the process. We need to act now before interest rate increases make these infrastructure projects even more expensive for Minnesota taxpayers.
Republicans and the Governor must also reach an agreement to adequately fund our E-12 schools and state colleges and universities. The funding in the Republican education bills the Governor has vetoed didn’t even keep pace with the cost of inflation, and didn’t account for a growth in the student population. We must do better than that to protect our state’s most important asset – our students.
Veto Letters from Governor Dayton:
Last week, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the following five bills:
Then Monday, after the Senate was able to return to work, he vetoed the following five bills:
Please continue to reach out and contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for the honor of serving our community,