Dayton to meet with GOP lawmakers tomorrow

Gov. Dayton will have a closed door meeting with the 109 Republican members of the Minnesota Legislature tomorrow afternoon. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch’s office says Dayton will speak to the group tomorrow afternoon at 1:15. They invited Dayton to speak to the group earlier this week.

Republican leaders say the meeting will be closed to the press. Dayton told reporters earlier today that he would prefer it be open to reporters but would available to discuss the meeting after the event.

Dayton is proposing to raise taxes by $1.8 billion to erase part of the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. Republicans are preparing to send him a $33.9 billion budget plan. Dayton would not use the term “veto” when asked about the GOP budget but said it would be rejected and sent back to the Legislature.

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