Dayton talks budget, photo id at polls and Delta Airlines

Gov. Dayton appeared on MPR’s Morning Edition this morning. He had a ten minute interview with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.

Dayton, who is locked in a budget disagreement with GOP legislative leaders, continued to criticize Republicans for putting forward a budget plan that doesn’t balance. He says lawmakers have presented a plan that relies on money that may never materialize like a health care waiver. He said they haven’t provided an “honest accounting” in their budget.

“They said all along they can balance the budget with cuts,” Dayton said. “So let’s see it.”

Dayton is proposing an income tax hike on Minnesota’s top earners to erase a $5 billion projected budget deficit. Republicans argue a tax hike is not needed.

Gov. Dayton also suggested that he’d “look at” a bill that would require people to show a photo id to vote. But he said he will only sign an election bill if it includes his plan to require politicians, political committees and other groups to file quarterly campaign finance reports.

“Any election reform has to have quarterly reporting of fundraising provision,” he said.

Dayton has expressed concern about the photo id bill in the past.

Dayton also said he’s meeting with Delta CEO Richard Anderson today to see Delta’s plans for the company’s Minnesota employees and MSP Airport.

You can listen to the full interview here:

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