ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota legislative Republicans say a set of controversial new taxes could have been repealed if lawmakers searched hard enough for savings in the state budget.
The minority caucus leaders disputed Wednesday that they held out for too much in negotiations over a special session that will now be limited to approving aid for storm damage. High-level discussions over repealing some new taxes, particularly one on farm equipment repairs, fell apart.
Republican Rep. Kurt Daudt says he had doubts about a pot of money Democrats pinpointed to pay for the repeal. Republicans wanted a broader slate of eliminated taxes but that debate will now wait until next year's regular session.
Democrats say it was up to Republicans to propose budget alternatives. The GOP leaders say reduced spending is the answer.
- Onalaska mother, daughter charged with child neglect, animal mistreatment
- Assembly Republicans call for $300 million for roads
- City crews busy repairing potholes
- Complaint leads to cross being removed from vets memorial
- Husband charged in connection to wife's death
- Stolen passwords used to change some grades, university says
- Onalaska authorities continue to search for man on the run
- Wisconsin unemployment rate drops to 4 percent in December
- 13-year-old charged with attempted murder in Fort Dodge
- Minnesota ban on Sunday liquor sales may be lifted