FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 7, 2016
Katie Fulkerson, 651-296-5133
Statement of Senate Republican Leader David Hann on prospects of a special session
"House Republicans did their job this year, negotiated in good faith and passed bipartisan bills on the priorities most important to Minnesotans.
Unfortunately, Senate Democrats and Gov. Dayton deliberately obstructed progress. First, Senate Democrats blocked funding for transportation and infrastructure, then Governor Dayton vetoed tax relief for working families, college students, parents, farmers, and veterans.
If Gov. Dayton knew he was going to veto the tax bill, he should have done it a long time ago and called a special session right away. Now the election is ramping up and the political environment will get in the way of honest compromises.
We are willing to hold a special session. We agree with Gov. Dayton’s requests in the tax relief bill, and we should pass the bipartisan compromise transportation and infrastructure bill that was agreed to on the last day of session. We are not going to rehash the whole session by repeating negotiations on half a billion dollars of new spending demands."