Dayton blasts Senate Dems: "These are DFL legislators, I'm sorry to say" [VIDEO]

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During his first news conference of the legislative session, a hobbled Gov. Mark Dayton put Senate DFLers on blast, saying their delay in passing tax cuts already approved by the House has him feeling "very, very, very disappointed."

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"I hope Minnesotans will communicate with their legislators -- and these are DFL legislators, I'm sorry to say -- that this is inexcusable, and it's unacceptable," Dayton said yesterday. "It's got to stop. We had a meeting this afternoon for that purpose, it was not productive, so we're going to continue."

If a tax bill isn't approved before the week is through, the Department of Revenue might not be able to apply whatever tax cuts the bill includes for the more than one million Minnesotans expected to file their returns after April 1, creating a logistical nightmare.

"This deadline is essential in order for the Department of Revenue to work with its software vendors so people can actually file on the revised returns," Dayton said. "If they don't, if Revenue can't meet that deadline and people file based on the old law and don't take advantage of these significant tax cuts that we're proposing, then they have to refile an amended return."

"It's going to create a lot of confusion, it's going to create a lot of difficultly for the Department of Revenue to handle all this smoothly," he continued.

The details are technical, but Dayton's analysis of the impasse is not -- it's on Senate Dems for being reluctant to approve a tax bill that doesn't include $90 million in funding for a new, controversial Senate office building.

"The impasse is not around the tax bill," Dayton said. "It's about this legislative office building and the Senate's insistence that they have the building, and their unwillingness to let a reasonable tax bill proceed on a timely basis until they get the building, and the House's unwillingness at this point to agree to that."

In a news conference of his own held after the governor's, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, vowed the Senate will take up the tax bill tomorrow, shiny new office building or no. He denied that the dispute over the Senate's accommodations has caused a delay.

But Bakk also threw House DFLers under the bus for not caring about the needs of the Senate and suggested Dayton and House DFLers are being hypocritical since they're both quietly expanding their "footprint" while making a political issue out of the Senate's effort to do the same.

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19 comments
TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Gov Dayton wants the DFL to pas tax cuts?   These "cuts" are to the very taxes he and the democrats put into law last year. 

Again, we have democrats acting as the schoolyard bully.  They will punch you in the face.  They will knock you to the ground.  They then offer to help you up and they expect praise. 

Brian Mazur
Brian Mazur

why dont they do a bake sale or something? I'm sure they could find some lobbyists willing to pitch in...

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Gov "Unaware" Dayton is certain he knows what is going on. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Crazy eyes on heavy meds with a cane!  This guy is as nuts as it gets.   More taxes on the middle class and Union Democrat Cronyism.

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

I think that Dayton is one of the few sincere (prominent) politicians this state has seen in the last decade. He does not let his agenda stand in the way of progress.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

But good for him for not wanting a new Senate building. I applaud him for that.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

He definitely does like a few people. Zygi Wilf, Rick Stanek, various other law enforcement leaders....

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Remember this is the idiot that signed a bill believing that e pull tabs would fund a significant portion of the vikes stadium and signed a bill raising taxes by billions in Minnesota which caused a billion extra dollars of taxes to be taken. Don't let him fool you that he is a champion of letting you have your money back. Dayton is just a dummy.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

Someone please give him an antacid. He talks like he's suppressing a giant burp from a meatball sandwich.

Beer Guy
Beer Guy

I don't care about a new Senate building, but the tax cut bill needs to be passed!

Erin Caroline
Erin Caroline

His speech was slurry as usual...you could tell he tried to mean business but the roxinol or oxycotin was kicking in

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

What a shitty stupid human being you are.  Such a bubbleheaded idiot you have nothing of substance to say but insulting made up nonsense.  You are a shitty person. 

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