Tax Bill Dies 07 Jun 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has let a $260 million package of tax relief for farmers, college graduates and parents with childcare costs die without his signature.

Dayton spokesman Matt Swenson said just after midnight that the governor did not sign the bill.

The Democratic governor had refused to sign the measure, which Republicans touted as a major achievement, unless they agreed to several demands for a special session. The governor’s list includes extra money for the state’s public universities and for a pair of state investment programs.

Dayton also cited a wording error in the bill that could cost more than $100 million in charitable gambling taxes that the state is counting on to help pay its share of the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium

It’s possible the two sides will still get together to agree on a special session that would also revive the tax bill. But Republicans had accused Dayton of holding the bill hostage to extract more spending.