Negotiations between Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislators to agree on a new budget — and end a four-day old shutdown — will not resume until Tuesday at the earliest, Minnesota Public Radio reported.State parks, campgrounds, and racetracks remain shuttered during the usually busy holiday weekend, and 22,000 workers are on indefinite furlough, as all but the most critical state services have been suspended until a new budget is reached.
Lawmakers have not met since contentious last-minute negotiations on Thursday night, when talks between Dayton, a Democrat, and the Republican-controlled legislature broke down over his proposal to mitigate deep spending cuts with tax increases on the wealthy.
Republicans instead offered to defer school payments and borrow against future tobacco tax revenue to avoid $1 billion in cuts — an offer Dayton rejected as a temporary solution to structural problems.
Dayton is looking to pass a budget with $2 billion more spending than the $34 billion the state will take in without new taxes, while Republicans have insisted that any new taxes are unacceptable and have demanded steeper cuts.
The state faces a $5 billion deficit this year, and lawmakers say they are stuck $1.4 billion apart from reaching a deal.
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