Legislature trades offers in budget battle

Budget battle at state capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton are trading offers to avert a budget showdown.

The drama to pass a two-year budget got into full-swing Tuesday as Republicans suggested they may back away from the negotiating table and simply send their own budget bills to Dayton. The two sides have been meeting privately for a week but made little headway in narrowing major differences.

GOP leaders offered Tuesday afternoon to slim down their tax cut package to $1 billion while also boosting overall government spending. Dayton had previously made several proposals that House Speaker Kurt Daudt called "microsteps" toward a deal.

Dayton was expected to weigh the offer and respond later Tuesday. The Legislature has until May 23 to wrap up its work.

© 2017 Associated Press


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