By Jonathan Mohr
Gov. Mark Dayton speaks on a wide range of subjects, including school vouchers, light-rail and transit funding, and the general progress of the legislative session at an April 26 press conference. Photo by Paul Battaglia
Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday that legislators must reconcile differences in major House and Senate omnibus bills before final negotiations with him can begin, while House Republicans issued a statement accusing the governor of changing the “parameters” he set for the Legislature to conclude its work.
With less than a month before the 2017 regular session ends, the dispute over how its final weeks should proceed threatens to derail what had been relatively swift progress.
Speaking to reporters at a morning briefing, Dayton said the Legislature must reach an agreement on one set of budget numbers his administration could review and sign off on. These budget “targets” would then serve as the basis for talks to begin.
“Once they finish their job, which is to reconcile their bills from both a budget and policy standpoint, then I’m ready to sit down and negotiate a final resolution,” Dayton said. “But they have significant differences themselves.”