Dayton Criticizes GOP Budget Maneuver

May 19, 2017 10:32 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton says the odds of wrapping up a new state budget on time are "on a knife's edge."

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Republicans who control the Legislature struck out on their own Friday, planning to pass a budget without Dayton's approval. The two sides had been meeting all week to hash out a deal but made little progress in agreeing to a $45 billion-plus budget.

Dayton said Friday night he was blindsided by the GOP's choice to send. The two parties will meet Saturday morning in hopes of reaching an agreement.

Dayton says some of the GOP's proposed extra funding for public schools and other government programs will help. But he took issue with their plans for $660 million in tax breaks, saying that was too much.

They have until midnight Monday.


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