Posted at 11:02 AM on July 12, 2011
by Paul Tosto
MPR News reporter Tom Scheck is covering Gov. Dayton's first stop today in St. Cloud as part of a driving tour this week taking his budget message around Minnesota. Not much so far in the way of policy. But here are important bits.
-- GOP Sen. Dave Brown says he'd agree to new revenue but only if the state pays back past obligations to schools.
Asked about the kind of revenue he'd support, Brown says the state tax code has loopholes now that allow high income earners to avoid some taxes. He says he's with the governor on closing those loopholes (he wasn't specific on which ones).
-- There are several Republican lawmakers at the event, including Brown and Rep. Steve Gottwalt.
-- Gottwalt suggests a "lock-in" in St. Cloud with Dayton and GOP leaders until a budget is hammered out. Dayton says he'd be OK with that as long as the Republican "counter proposal" is completed and provided to him first.
-- The meeting is open to the public.
We'll pass on more from Scheck as we get it.