Governor Mark Dayton vetoes GOP-backed tax, spending bills

There's uncertainty over what happens next.
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Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed the tax conformity and omnibus budget spending bills passed by the Legislature on Sunday.

The tax bill would bring Minnesota's tax codes in line with federal rules, but Dayton opposes it because it didn't contain the education funding he asked for – in the way he asked for it.

He wanted the GOP to remove some of the corporate tax cuts to fund $139 million in schools spending for districts facing shortfalls, instead the GOP offered $225 million for schools but with the money taken from other education budgets.

The 980-plus page omnibus spending bill meanwhile still contains dozens of measures to which Dayton objects.

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In a statement on Wednesday, Dayton said accused Republican lawmakers of putting "special interests ahead of Minnesota families."

On the tax bill, he said it has "misguided priorities that give tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy over Minnesota families."

On the omnibus bill, he said: "This terrible bill and resulting veto are your own creations. Never have I seen a legislative session so badly mismanaged, less transparent and more beholden to monied special interests."

There's now uncertainty over what happens next, with Dayton reluctant to call a special session, though 860,000 Minnesota households face a tax hike unless a tax conformity bill is passed.

Dayton sent a lengthy letter containing his objections to House Speaker Kurt Daudt, which you can read here.

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