A month into the session, the relationship between Republican legislative leaders and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton remains fairly congenial, with neither side bad-mouthing the other, notes Capitol reporter Don Davis of Forum Communications.
The Dayton administration even has been invited to the negotiating table when House and Senate conferees start meeting today on the first budget-cutting bill. Although Dayton doesn’t like the piecemeal approach to resolving the deficit, he hasn’t yet said he’d veto the bill — in whatever shape it emerges from conference.
Davis quotes Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel, R-Edina: “I appreciate that he has not used the ‘V’ word.”
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, and House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, talk to Dayton regularly, some weeks several times. They probably talk more than any previous governor and legislative leaders of opposing parties.
“We truly think we can work with the governor,” Koch said.
Michel said both sides have been careful about not taking firm stances opposite the other.
“There are fewer lines drawn in the sand,” he said.