Governor Mark Dayton and Republican leaders are preparing to go into mediation ordered by the state Supreme Court, after G-O-P lawmakers sued Dayton when he vetoed funding for the legislature. Dayton says, “My goal is to have it end… quickly and satisfactory. Obviously it has to [for] both sides.” The governor says everything is open to negotiation, but still wants Republicans to rescind several business tax breaks, allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses, and undo recent changes to teacher licensing laws: “Absolutely. All five of the issues, but three of them are tax-related. They’re all very important.” Republicans say Dayton is trying to back out on measures he agreed to at the end of the legislative session.
More in this excerpt from the governor’s Tuesday afternoon news conference at the Capitol: