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One day after the close of the legislative session, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed all nine budget bills passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature. Dayton's rejection of the Republican budget plan -- which eliminates the state's $5 billion budget deficit without any additional revenue -- sets up the prospect of a government shutdown when the fiscal year comes to a close at the end of June.

Dayton vetoes all nine GOP budget bills

Gov. Mark Dayton

One day after the close of the legislative session, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed all nine budget bills passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature. Dayton’s rejection of the Republican budget plan — which eliminates the state’s $5 billion budget deficit without any additional revenue — sets up the prospect of a government shutdown when the fiscal year comes to a close at the end of June.

At a press conference announcing the vetoes, the governor argued that Republicans are being held captive by “extreme right wing” members of their caucus. “The intransigence is rooted in this group that really doesn’t know much about government, doesn’t care about government,” he said.

Dayton sent detailed letters to legislative leaders explaining his reasons for vetoing each budget bill. He also stated that there’s a “strong likelihood” that a government shutdown will occur and is meeting with Minnesota Management and Budget officials on Tuesday afternoon to prepare for that eventuality. “If you don’t have any money to operate the government, then it has to shut down,” he said.

Dayton said he expects to continue discussions with GOP legislative leaders, but has no immediate plans to call a special session. “I’m not inclined at this point, while keeping my options open, to call them back until we have an agreement on the budget,” he said.

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