Gov. Mark Dayton, just back from a month away from the Capitol as he recovered from hip surgery, plans to meet with each of the 201 lawmakers in the coming weeks to "get caught up."
Dayton met with six DFL senators Wednesday morning and plans to meet with seven Wednesday afternoon. He plans to meet with some House members tomorrow, in his quest to sit down with every member of the Legislature.
"These are meetings that if I had been mobile I would have had three, four weeks ago when the session started," Dayton said in a telephone interview. "It’s just been delayed until I could get back here. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to get back here."
Among the topics discussed in the morning meeting: Dayton's call for the DFL-controlled senate to quickly pass a tax cut bill.
On Tuesday, the governor's first day back to the Capitol, the DFL governor blistered the senate for its delay in getting the tax measure to his desk. Shortly thereafter, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said the senate planned to pass the measure on Thursday.
Dayton said he hoped his press conference on Tuesday to add pressure was helpful.
He said on Wednesday that it would be "great" if the Senate follows through on its plan to pass the measure on Thursday.
"It is certainly moving it quickly," Dayton said. The bill would offer tax relief for adoptive families, consumers who have student loan debt and Minnesotans who lost their homes to foreclosure. It also includes repeal of new business sales taxes put in place last year.
Although the House already passed a different version of the tax cut bill than the senate has teed up, the governor said those differences should not be an impediment to quickly getting the changes into law,
If the House and Senate need negotiate, they could do it in the coming days, he said.
"I’m around all weekend," Dayton said.