Dayton, Minn. Republicans Move Toward Budget Talks

By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton are close to starting end-of-session budget talks with a $5 billion deficit and 10 days to go in the legislative session.

Dayton headed to Grand Rapids Friday for the fishing opener, where GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers and House Majority Leader Matt Dean are joining him.

Both legislative chambers meet Saturday, as House-Senate negotiating panels finish work on a full slate of budget bills. Committees have come up with plans for public colleges, K-12 schools, health and welfare programs, road programs and taxes.

Dayton says he plans to look at the budget bills on Sunday.

A wide gulf still separates the two sides. Republicans want spending cuts while Dayton seeks higher income taxes for the wealthy.

  • shirley

    As a middle class citizen I agree with Governor Dayton, to tax the wealthy, with the economy the way it is ,,,, it’s time to share the burdon on how to get along on less and pay your share. The wealthy don’t bring in jobs ,they send them overseas so they can get cheaper labor with no benefit’s. Wake up people!

    • Joe Hanson

      As a poor person, I blame the middle class and the democrats for my problems. The democrats have been conducting a War on Poverty for half a century and we now have more poor people than when they started. And the middle class are demanding more Government services leaving the poor less. Plus the middle class won’t pay what it costs for American made products so those jobs go overseas.

  • Sarah in Outstate Mn

    I am a swing voter and I don’t like anything happening in St. Paul from either party lately. I don’t like some of the bills the Republicans have proposed and I don’t like the Democrats and their spending habits. Why don’t we raise taxes on the wealthy slightly and cut some entitlement programs? Both parties seem to think that only their way will work. Why not try both ways and we may have more success.

  • gomerq

    How about people that work keep their own money and those that don’t work get a job to get their own money.

    Do you ever notice that those that work and want to keep their own money are evil and those that have their hands in someone else’s back pocket are honorable? Your need doesn’t justify taking from others (theft).

    • TiredOfHandoutstoWealthy

      It is simply not people who work and those that don’t. Many people that rely on government services do work but need help because their employers do not pay livable wages and do not pay health and pension benefits. The THEFT is from these employers that let us taxpayers take care of their workers. But they still make big wages and pay dividends to stockholders and now people like you want to protect them from even paying their fair share in taxes. They have grown richer and richer in recent decades because of people like you.

  • jeff

    gomerq, yes you are right! away with fire, police, and all government workers! just how do you expect this country to run without taxes my friend? donations? anyway it’s about time the repubes pull out of their hate-mongering and rights denying sessions and deal with freakin’ economy.

  • jeff

    budget rather.

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