On Wednesday, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the tax conformity-emergency education compromise plan as well as the omnibus supplemental spending agreement that was sent to his desk on Sunday by the legislature. This was incredibly disappointing.
This is Governor Dayton putting his partisan interests over what is best for Minnesotans. Despite sending compromise proposals to his desk, Governor Dayton refused to come to the table and be engaged in the process.
The legislature's plan included an average of $96 in new per-pupil spending across the state, education dollars the governor repeatedly called an emergency to stop imminent layoffs of teachers. I am angry that he has chosen to play politics over doing what is right for Minnesota families. I look forward to working with a new governor next session to build on the great things we were able to accomplish over these past two years.?
Here is House Speaker Kurt Daudt discussing with the media our attempts to work with the governor and the governor's unwillingness to put in the work to reach an agreement.
A partial list of those affected by Governor Dayton's vetoes include:
More shocking is that in Governor Dayton's press conference following issuing the vetoes, he could not lay out a case for why they should be vetoed. See for yourself.
More Details on Vetoed Bills
The tax conformity and education plan were part of a compromise effort between legislative Republicans and Governor Dayton. The federal conformity plan protected taxpayers, simplified Minnesota's tax code, and provided the first income tax rate cut in nearly 20 years. It also made available more than $225 million to help students—nearly $100 million more than what the governor requested—provided new money and additional flexibility for school districts to address budget shortfalls.
In the supplemental budget bill, House and Senate Republicans compromised with the governor—more than 60 percent of the objections raised by the governor were removed or amended—meeting him more than halfway. The bill contained shared priorities like ensuring safe schools, repairing roads and bridges, tackling the opioid epidemic, protecting aging and vulnerable adults, and preventing a cut to caregivers of disabled Minnesotans.
The bills we sent to the governor build on the tremendously successful accomplishments from the 2017 session that included the largest tax cut in nearly two decades, the largest investment in roads and bridges in state history without a gas tax increase, major funding boosts for education, and reforms to lower health care costs and boost health care choices for Minnesota families.
Again, I am so disappointed with the actions of Governor Dayton.
Have a great weekend and God Bless!