Minnesota House Republicans passed a tax cut bill late Tuesday afternoon that Governor Mark Dayton will likely veto because G-O-P leaders have not agreed to emergency school funding Dayton wants. Preston Republican Greg Davids says, “It’s up to the governor. That’s not my call. We did our job. We did a great job for the people of Minnesota: middle-class tax relief.” Dayton responds, “The ball is really in their court.”
If the Minnesota Senate passes the tax cut bill today and Dayton vetoes it, that would trigger end-of-session negotiations as Sunday’s midnight deadline draws near.
Davids says he’s “extremely optimistic” about getting a tax bill signed into law this session. “The people need this, the governor knows it, and hopefully he will listen to the people,” Davids says. Dilworth Democrat Paul Marquart says, “I’m hoping we can get a good tax bill and I’m hoping we can provide some emergency funding to education. I think they’re both vitally important.”