People were told Sunday negotiations would continue, last night, Governor Walz (DFL-MN), House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-36B, Brooklyn Park) and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-09, Nisswa) met to discuss the stalled budget negotiations. This occurred after each had spent the day together fishing in Albert Lea on Saturday for the Governor’s Fishing Opener. The results of the meeting show no signs of changing from the current direction. The house is continuing to turn up the pressure and provide a less congenial picture of the proceeding.
The House DFL side put out the following information in their release at 9:45 pm.
The House, Senate, and Governor’s office concluded negotiations tonight without an agreement on budget targets. The Republican-controlled Senate has yet to make a substantial offer in negotiations.
House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler released the following statement:
“Republican tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy are robbing Minnesotans of economic success and opportunity. House DFLers are waiting for Senate Republicans to move from their destructive budget’s starting position, actually make an offer, and get serious about compromise. Tonight it looks like an extreme Republican tax position is holding up budget talks. We have put forward an honest budget that makes needed investments to improve the lives of Minnesotans. We’re continuing to wait for Senate Republicans to make a real effort at compromise.”
Included were three documents.