May 23, 2018

Minnesota Legislature

Governor Vetoes Tax Bill and Budget Bill

Just two days after session adjourned, Governor Mark Dayton (D) exercised his veto powers on the Tax Bill, which included the federal tax conformity language, along with the Supplemental Budget Bill.

This was the second attempt at getting the Governor’s approval on a federal tax conformity bill. The budget bill contained much of the work done by the legislature this year, including funding for combating the opioid crisis, school safety, and provisions addressing elder care.

In his comments, Dayton said the bills “put powerful special interests, multinational corporations, and the rich ahead of Minnesota schoolkids and families.” He criticized the Republican majorities for not collaborating with his administration on the bills and called the session “badly mismanaged.”

Saying “they had their chance,” the Governor also reiterated his earlier refusal to call legislators back into a special session.

There are still a handful of bills Dayton has yet to decide on, including the bonding bill, which he hopes to act on by Friday.

Here is a link to the Governor’s Veto letter of the Tax Bill.

Here is a link to the Governor’s Veto letter of the Supplemental Budget Bill.

In his press conference today, the Governor didn’t totally close the door on an idea floated recently by Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk (D-Cook) regarding a lame-duck special session after the elections to do tax conformity. Dayton previously said, he’d only hold a special session “if it snows in July.” Today, he stated “It could snow in November.”

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