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Dayton-GOP Mediation Costing Taxpayers More Than $1,000 An Hour

Tuesday, 4th October 2017

"ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Minnesota’s top lawmakers began court-ordered mediation Thursday to settle a bitter budget battle that’s threatening hundreds of House and Senate jobs.

It’s all because Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s operating budget to force Republicans back to the bargaining table.

Currently, there’s no agreement in sight, and the Legislature is set to run out of money beginning Oct. 1. 

As it stands, the Legislature has enough money in reserve to continue operations until Dec. 1. After that, the jobs of hundreds of staffers are in jeopardy.

Minnesota’s top lawmakers began the secret meetings Thursday in the highrise offices of a Minneapolis law firm.

Because of a gag order from the mediator, Dayton refuses to answer questions."

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Language: English
Contact: Pat Kessler

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