Update 2: The Minnesota state government shut down early Friday, as its new fiscal year began without a budget.
All but the most essential state services will remain shuttered until lawmakers reach a new agreement to fund the government.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, looking to pressure GOP lawmakers into a deal including tax hikes, said he would not agree to pass a temporary funding measure.
But Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers criticised Dayton for “throwing in the towel” on the shutdown.
“This is about shutting down government for a political purpose,” he said in a press conference shortly before midnight.
In May, Dayton vetoed a Republican budget that closed the state’s $5 billion deficit with only spending cuts. Republicans offered about $1 billion in revenue increases late Thursday, but Dayton said they did not go far enough.
Update: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said late Thursday night that the state government will shut down at midnight, after lawmakers could not reach a deal on a budget.
Dayton said he and Republican legislators are $1.4 billion apart on $30 billion budget, with the GOP lawmakers unwilling to accept a deal including tax cuts.
“I will continue tonight, tomorrow and however long it takes to find a fair and balanced compromise,” he said. “I believe the people of Minnesota are with me.”
Original: With less than three hours to reach a budget deal to avoid a shutdown, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton told the Minneapolis Start Tribune that an agreement before the midnight (CDT) deadline “doesn’t look likely.”
While Minnesota lawmakers have moved closer to reaching an agreement, Dayton’s pessimism is an indication he will not call the legislature into a special session — required for a vote on a new budget or a temporary “lights-on” bill to sustain the state until a final deal can be reached
Budget talks reportedly ended several hours ago, with no further discussions scheduled.
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