Republicans in the Minnesota Senate have passed the last of their state budget bills which then go to Governor Mark Dayton who says he’ll veto them. Saint Cloud Republican Senator Jerry Relph is pushing for significant tax cuts, noting over $12 billion of individual wealth left Minnesota in the last decade. Relph says, “That’s a lot of earning power but, more importantly, that’s a lot of investment power.” North Mankato Democrat Nick Frentz responds in 2015 there were the largest number of million-dollar incomes in state history. He says, “That does not sound like a massive departure of wealth. That was after we increased taxes on the top two percent of Minnesotans and when it was predicted… that they would all go leaving.”
Governor Dayton and Republican leaders plan to resume budget negotiations Tuesday morning with under a week remaining in the legislative session.