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Government shutdown ‘strong likelihood’

Governor Mark Dayton vetoed all the Republican budget bills and said he’s “not inclined at this point to call them back without agreement on a budget.”  Dayton added that a government shutdown July 1 is a strong likelihood.  The governor also used strong language talking about the large class of freshmen Republicans saying “The problem really resides with some of the extreme right wing caucus members, especially newcomers who seemingly understand little about government and cares even less. And unfortunately the leadership seems to be held captive to their leadership.”   He said the only way that changes is if these new members hear from voters in the districts. 

Republican legislative leaders are traveling the state on a fly-around today, before they left GOP Majority Leader Amy Koch said “We’re not focusing on a shutdown, we want to get resolution with the governor.  We will be working hard on that in the next month plus.”  Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel said “I don’t think today is a victory lap, our work is incomplete.”

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