Talks between Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) and Republican legislators to end the state’s shutdown briefly resumed Tuesday, with little progress made toward reaching a new budget agreement.As an “all-star” team of business leaders and former politicians examines the budget for a “third-way” compromise to end the impasse, the only thing the professional lawmakers agreed to was having three more meetings.
Dayton rejected a Republican proposal for a “lights-on” temporary budget extension to allow the state to reopen until a deal is reached, saying it would complicate negotiations for a final budget, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
“There’s a tradeoff involved there. It’s not just about being difficult,” Dayton said. “It’s about saying that you’ve got to have the same desire to resolve everything as you do the ones that happen to be more popular.”
In the meantime, non-critical state services are shut down, and 22,000 employees are on indefinite furlough. Many social services — like homeless shelters and drug treatment facilities — are also closed and pleading their case for “critical” status to former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz, the “special master” for decide what programs remain funded during the impasse.
The lawmakers are now $1.8 billion apart from closing the state’s $5 billion budget gap, with Dayton arguing taxes on the state’s highest earners are needed, while Republicans call for steeper spending cuts.
No deal is expected before the end of the week, at the earliest.
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