The 2018 session came to an end on Sunday. During the final weekend, we passed a compromise tax conformity and education funding bill, a bonding bill, a supplemental bill and a pension bill to the governor's desk for consideration.
The tax plan included federal conformity which protected Minnesota taxpayers, simplified the state’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 in his “emergency” school funding request to provide new money and additional flexibility for school districts to address budget shortfalls.
Our supplemental finance bill represented a great deal of compromise with the governor as nearly 70 percent of the “objectionable” policy raised by Governor Dayton was removed or amended. 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.
Unfortunately, Governor Dayton vetoed both of these bills on Wednesday. His actions will have negative impacts on millions, including the nearly 1 million Minnesotans that will see their taxes go up next year thanks to his vetoes.
Here is a brief list of just some of the people that are affected by Governor Dayton’s reckless veto:
Despite this disappointment, I am still hopeful that he will sign into law the bonding bill and the pension bill. The bonding bill includes funding for the Wadena Readiness Center as well as Highway 10 environmental cleanup.
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