Legislature Ends with No Deal
The 2011 Legislative Session has ended without a compromise. However, Senator Metzen hopes that a compromise can still be made before a government shutdown. Sen. Metzen stated, “Although I am disappointed that the Legislature could not reach an agreement with the Governor, I am optimistic that we can still find a solution. Families across the state voted for us to complete our work and get this budget resolved.”
The Republican-led Legislature sent their budget bills forward to the Governor but because there was not a global agreement on the total budget number, the Governor declined to sign them into law. Gov. Dayton has moved half-way by eliminating some of his tax increases and agreeing to a budget cut of $1.8 billion. However, he did not receive a counter offer from the Legislature. Gov. Dayton agreed to postpone the school aid shift payments which would leave a $3.6 billion deficit. To fill the hole, Gov. Dayton would agree to cuts of $1.8 billion and new revenue of $1.8 billion. The revenue would be generated by increasing taxes on married couples who make over approximately $300,000 and single people making over $180,000 a year.
Sen. Metzen said, “For a solution to be realized, people on all sides of the budget are going to have to compromise. The sooner everyone at the table comes to that conclusion, the better off we will all be. Minnesotans should not suffer because politicians can’t compromise.”