Hot Dish Politics Logo


Hot Dish Politics

Tracking Minnesota’s political scene and keeping you up-to-date on those elected to serve you

Republican leaders come and go as talks continue with Gov. Mark Dayton

House Republican leaders have again arrived at the governor's residence to resume talks with Gov. Mark Dayton as they attempt to end an impasse over education, the environment, jobs and energy bills. 

Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, have arrived for afternoon meetings after a midday break that follows a mid-morning break. 

Neither Republicans nor Dayton have spoken today to the media, which has huddled under umbrellas in the rain awaiting the arrival of GOP leaders. 

The two sides ended the legislative session without an agreement on education and especially prekindergarten, as well environmental and energy regulation.

Layoff notices will go out to about 9,400 state employees Monday, though they would remain in their jobs until the end of June.  

Negotiations begin between MN Speaker Kurt Daudt and Gov. Mark Dayton

House Republicans leaders arrived mid-morning at the governor's residence to begin Friday's negotiations to settle this year's legislative season and state budget. 

Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, spent about 30 minutes with Gov. Mark Dayton and senior staff before leaving. Daudt said they had left an offer. 

They are expected to return late morning. 

The two sides differ over the $17 billion education budget, and especially size and shape of a prekindergarten initiative, as well as on a range of policy issues related to regulation of energy and the environment. 

Latest Videos