The Minnesota Senate prepared to join a court case in a government shutdown to keep “open options for the Senate to have a seat at the table” according to GOP Majority Leader Amy Koch. DFL Minority Leader Tom Bakk remarked in Rules Committee “For me I can’t support intervening unless I know what our position is going to be.” After a party-line vote on a resolution, Koch clarified “I’m not interested in a lawsuit” and they haven’t decided how much or how little state government the Senate would ask the courts to keep running after July first.
Republican lawmakers are expressing frustration with Gov. Mark Dayton’s shutdown plan that would stop payments to schools and health care providers. GOP leaders provided a new budget offer to back off all of their tax cuts of $200 million and asked the governor to back off his income tax increases in return. So it’s not a huge offer numerically to bridge the $1.8 billion dollar difference, but it is a philosophical move. Dayton called the offer “extremely, extremely disappointing, one of the most disappointing moments of this entire legislative session” because he had high expectations of movement on an overall budget number.