The Minnesota State government shut down June 30 after Democratic Governor Mark Dayton was unable to make a budget deal with the Legislature.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that lawmakers were unable to reach a deal regarding a projected $5 billion deficit.
Dayton reportedly wanted to raise taxes on certain segments of the population, a proposal Republican legislators said would have a profound effect on the future of the North Star State.
“We will not saddle our children and grandchildren with mounds of debts, with promises for funding levels that will not be there in the future,” House Speaker Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) said. “This is debt that they can’t afford. It’s debt that we can’t afford right now.”
The GOP also criticized Dayton for refusing to call a special session to help ensure that the State government kept running.
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R-Buffalo) warned that Dayton’s refusal to call the session would have a serious impact on citizens of the State, reported The Associated Press.
“I think the Governor’s insistence that we pass a full budget is not going to be of much comfort to Minnesotans who are going to see delays on the highways because construction projects stop,” she said. “It’s not going to comfort people who can’t use our State parks, or who can’t get a driver’s license.”