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Leader Hortman Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

Friday, September 8, 2017

St. Paul--Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled to uphold Governor Dayton's veto of the Legislature's budget.

House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman released the following statement:

"Minnesotans expect their elected officials to collaborate on solutions to benefit everyone, but Republicans chose to go to court instead of negotiate in good faith with the Governor. This summer, I joined Governor Dayton in calling on the Republican majorities to return to the negotiating table and work to craft a long-term, sustainable budget for Minnesota. Given the Court's order, all sides must come together with a spirit of compromise and collaboration in order to reach an agreement that will better serve Minnesotans. I look forward to working with Governor Dayton, Senator Bakk, and Republican leadership to do so."

Governor Dayton vetoed the Legislature's budget in order to renegotiate several key items in the Republican budget, including tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy that could send our budget into deficit in as little as a year, and the weakening of Minnesota's teacher licensing standards.