Posted at 11:14 AM on July 1, 2011
by Paul Tosto
We're still waiting to hear about any possible times that negotiations might continue today. Nothing definitive so far. It certainly doesn't sound like anything is imminent.
Asked on MPR's Midday program if talks could resume today, Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said, "I certainly hope so. I'm waiting for a call from the governor."
No talks are scheduled yet.
DFL Rep. Paul Thissen, the House minority leader, was also asked on Midday if talks would happen today. He said, "I think we need to get the negotiations on track soon...it probably makes sense to give people a little bit of time..."
He added that a "permanent solution" needs to be found, one that doesn't involve borrowing money.
GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers was also on Midday and his comments suggest it may be tough for folks to sit down and restart talks.
Some DFLers this morning were arguing that one reason the deal died was that Republicans were pushing to have a conservative social agenda issues be part of a budget deal.
Asked if social issues insisted on by Republicans ended up being the deal-killer, Zellers called it a "baldfaced lie."
He also said Thissen and DFL Sen. Minority Leader Tom Bakk "wanted to shut down the government for the next election" and indicated he thought Dayton deferred to them.
All you people at MPR are doing an excellent job covering the Minnesota state budget debacle. Thank you for your hard work.
Zellers lied outright. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
The last "offer" wasn't a bill, it was a proposal to change a few things from the original bill and the 6/29 proposal, which included all of the social issues.
There was nothing to indicate that the GOP had given up on photo ID, abortion funding or anything else. To sit there and say that social issues were not in the proposal is a lie, plain and simple.
I would call on Zellers to put in writing that all of the social issues in the original bill and the 6/29 proposal were being withdrawn from any consideration, unless he does that he's being dishonest.
I think the governor and ALL of the state legislators should be sequestered in the state capitol building beginning today at 5:00pm until they can get a budget passed.