ST. PAUL – State Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, on Tuesday expressed disappointment with Gov. Mark Dayton's pocket veto of over a half billion dollars in permanent, ongoing middle-class tax relief over the next three years. The bill was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support on a 123-10 vote in the House and 55-12 in the Senate.
"It is mind-boggling the governor would go back on his word and kill a package of tax relief that had such overwhelming, bipartisan support in the Legislature and was so popular among the public," Nornes said. "It was the most bipartisan tax bill in decades, yet veterans, college graduates, families, farmers, small-business owners and others will not see tax relief because the governor put partisan politics ahead of the taxpayers. His decision is highly concerning."