Gov. Dayton quickly dismissed a GOP budget offer that was given to him this afternoon. The plan eliminates the tax cuts in their budget and dedicates that money to state services like K12 schools, the environment, public safety and higher education. The proposal doesn’t rely on new revenue which Dayton said was a “disappointment.”
Dayton he was expecting a “major offer” from Republicans and said this wasn’t it.
“it’s just rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic,” Dayton said. “They’re just keep us headed to the iceberg that is the July first shutdown and their not willing to deviate one inch from their course and it just doesn’t add up.”
Dayton said he needed to think about it when asked what the next step in how he’ll proceed with budget negotiations.
The two sides are at odds over the best way to balance the state’s two year budget. Dayton wants to raise income taxes on Minnesota’s top earners to erase the $5 billiion projected budget deficit. Republicans say they would prefer to erase the deficit through spending cuts.
State government will shut down on July 1 if two sides fail to reach a budget deal.