GOP calls again for special session; no new offer?

Posted at 3:11 PM on July 12, 2011 by Paul Tosto (0 Comments)
Filed under: Budget

Gov. Mark Dayton said this morning he was awaiting a counter offer on the budget from Republicans and that he understood it was nearly complete.

It appears now he'll be waiting awhile.

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Republican leaders at an afternoon press conference simply restated they want Dayton to call lawmakers back into a special session to deal with bills where they say they and the governor are near agreement.

So is a new counter offer coming? House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, wouldn't say. But he did make it clear that none of his House Republicans will vote for a tax increase.

Republicans have not made a budget move since June 30 except to push for a lights on bill.

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Republican officials say there are six bills with $19 billion in spending where they and Dayton are only $91 million apart and that and those bill could put 16,000 out of 22,000 laid off state employees back to work if the governor would call a special session.

MPR News reporter Tom Scheck, though, reports that Dayton's staff says they are not close on those bills.


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