Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed the tax conformity and budget bills that state lawmakers passed in the waning days of the session.

The Democratic governor’s veto knocks down the two biggest pieces of legislation that the Republican-controlled Legislature pushed through just as time was running out.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

The massive budget bill was filled with spending important to many, including funding aimed at making schools safer.

Dayton has said that the so-called tax conformity bill did too little for ordinary people. But the failure to arrive at an agreement sets Minnesotans up for problems when filing taxes next year. The bill is needed to get the state code in alignment with federal changes.

House Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) says the lack of tax conformity bill is a nightmare and anticipates Minnesotans will pay more for tax preparation.

“Basically what people are going to have to do now is they file a new form with different deductibles and stuff in the federal government, then the state will be on the old form. So, you’re gonna have to file one real long form for the state and a short form for the federal government.”

House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says he’s disappointed by the outcome.

“They came back with the second round of the tax bill with very little change in the tax part of it. They added some shifting of money for education, but it wasn’t much new money at all in that. They said, well take it or leave it. When you’re in that sort of politics, that’s the frustrating part of that style of politics. It gets to the lateness in the session and it gets to a kind of a just an unwillingness to genuinely compromise.”

Dayton has vowed not to call a special session.


Additional information provided by Brandon Lewis, KTOE News.