Gov. Mark Dayton’s breakfast meetings with Republican legislative leaders haven't changed their minds about his proposed tax hikes.

Senate Republicans sent the governor a letter Thursday thanking him for the meetings, but they made it clear they won’t embrace his proposal to raise about $3.3 billion in taxes, mostly on wealthy residents.

"We are opposed to your budget," the letter said.

Republicans then invited Dayton to join them in their efforts to “restore our state’s fiscal health.”

Dayton released his $37 billion budget proposal a week ago to nearly unanimous criticism from the GOP. Republicans are expected to release their budget outline in coming weeks.

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