Gov. Mark Dayton today vetoed the nine budget bills that Republicans passed in the closing days of session.
Dayton returned the bills along with veto messages outlining his concerns. The action come just hours after the House and Senate adjourned the regular session without a global budget agreement with Dayton.
In a news release, Dayton said his veto letters stressed the need for compromise.
“Each of us started our budget proposals by making a choice,” Dayton wrote. “I chose a balanced approach to our budget; one that included both significant cuts, but asked the top two percent of Minnesotans to pay more to ensure our quality of life and the services millions of Minnesotans depend on. My approach chooses not to balance the budget on the backs of the other ninety-eight percent of Minnesotans.”
Dayton is scheduled to hold a media availability this afternoon to discuss the vetoes.