ST. PAUL, Minn – Senator Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, extended his support to Governor Mark Dayton after both the tax bill and supplemental budget bill were vetoed on Wednesday morning.
“The Republican majorities in the House and Senate governed irresponsibly by inserting many policy provisions opposed by Governor Dayton into the supplemental budget bill and then dared the Governor to veto it,” said Senator Latz. “Additionally, the tax bill was fiscally irresponsible by setting our state budget up for long-term structural imbalance and prioritizing multinational corporations and the wealthy over everyday Minnesotans, another sign of Republican malfeasance. Today, the Governor has held them accountable. The saddest part is that there were many good policies that did not become law because the Republicans refused to adopt them separately, or at least limit the policies in the budget bill to ones with broad support among Democrats and the Governor.”
“Essentially, the Republican tactic has mostly erased the three months of legislative work. We and the public spent many hours in committee evaluating and fine-tuning bills to make them workable for Minnesotans. One might legitimately wonder why we even convened if the majorities were not going to bargain in good faith to pass legislation the Governor could sign and leave the bitterly disputed pieces for another day. Instead, they put hotly disputed policy in the budget bill and ignored proposals with broad public support like hands-free cell phones and gun violence reduction. They played pure politics, rather than serious policymaking. Governing in a democracy requires a willingness to compromise and an understanding that making laws requires both legislative approval and an executive signature. Republicans have shown that they cannot govern.”