Governor Dayton issues swift budget veto

Hours after the Republican-controlled legislature sent Democratic Governor Mark Dayton the first bill of the session, the governor quickly vetoed the budget bill that would have cut nearly a billion dollars of state spending.  “The legislature is acting with extreme rashness” Dayton said in their first attempt to solve a $6.2 billion shortfall.   Deputy Senate GOP Majority Leader Geoff Michel responded “it would have been nice if he would have slept on it.”

Dayton called the bill a piecemeal approach, Republican lawmakers stressed speed as important with the gravity of the deficit.  Bill author Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan) said “These are historic times.”  The governor will release his complete budget plan on Tuesday which will have tax increases.  He said “This action proves my case that revenue solutions are required.” 

The governor said he told lawmakers that he’d prefer they didn’t send him the bill.  GOP House Majority Leader Matt Dean characterized it as “confusing messages with the governor’s communications.”  Sen. Michel thinks Dayton “wrote this off a while ago.”  The governor said he was waiting to see the conference report and hear the debate on the House and Senate floor and “nothing that was said changed my view.”

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  1. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 02/11/2011 - 11:14 am.

    Sen. Michel:

    How would sleeping on a bad, lazy, indiscriminate hack job of a partial budget bill make it better?

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