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Legislature sends Dayton a budget after closed door meeting


ST. PAUL, Minn (KTTC)-- The Minnesota Legislature has sent a full set of budget bills to Governor Mark Dayton that he is likely to veto.

The Senate finished passing its last three budget bills Thursday afternoon and those bills total $34 billion in state spending for the next two years. But Governor Dayton has promised to veto the bills since he and Republicans have not reached an overall deal on spending or taxation.

Dayton is still looking to tax the wealthiest Minnesota to help bridge the budget gap but met with both Republican caucuses in a closed door meeting Thursday in hopes of reaching a compromise.

"The fact that we can talk civilly about our respective differences is a promising note," said Dayton on Thursday afternoon.

No one at the capitol could remember the last time a governor from one party met with both caucuses of his opposing party, in hopes of somehow striking a deal on the budget.

"Members of both republican caucuses believe very strongly in their perspective and I believe very strongly in mine," he added.

But the true scope of how hard these decision will be was perhaps most visible in a room 318 where Hillary Muelmann and a handful of other health and human services workers were pleading to be spared from cuts.

"I've seen a lot more this year than I have this year of parents having to make the choice between going to work and leaving their kids home alone," said Muelmann a social service worker from the Twin Cities.

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