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20 May 2017, 12:47 | Stacy Allen
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Minnesota residents don't need to worry about trouble boarding flights next year: Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill complying with Real ID into law. Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, an old hand at budget talks, said it is becoming logistically hard to finish bills on time.
This has taken two years of fighting about state's rights, privacy, and driver's licenses for undocumented workers to reach this deal, but the House and Senate have now passed the compromise bill and Gov. Dayton is expected to sign it. Talks between the governor and Republicans quickly went sour, creating an impasse between the two parties that's shown only little movement since then.
A handful of lawmakers remained holdouts, bothered by the specter of federal intrusion: "It is subjecting our state to the federal government", said Sen. "With us being compliant with the REAL ID they will have access to those buildings now even though REAL IDs won't be issued for about another year". "We will not give the governor a blank check for more government spending without pairing it with needed reforms to improve how the state serves Minnesotans", said House Speaker Kurt Daudt.
They traded offers earlier in the week but progress froze Thursday. By counting the courts and cyber security funding priorities separately, Dayton wasn't actually meeting Republicans halfway, he said. "If you get into the policy matters, we are talking about hours and hours and hours of discussion and debate, ' Dayton said this week". Now some are expecting a budget outcome closer to what happened in 2015, when Dayton and a divided Legislature deadlocked until the final weekend of the session, and the House and Senate went ahead with a budget deal they agreed on without Dayton. The Legislature would have until June 30 to finish a budget in a special session. If legislators don't find an agreement by midnight on Monday, Dayton can call them back for a special session to finish budget work.
In response, Republican lawmakers said they are going into a "cone of silence" on the status of negotiations.
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