Operating Budget Goes to Dayton for Signature 23 Feb 18

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill to restore the Legislature’s operating budget is heading to Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dayton vetoed the $130 million in funding for the House and Senate last year, triggering months of court cases and forcing the Legislature to hobble into session running on emergency funds. Dayton wanted to rework costly tax breaks and other measures last year but eventually relented.

The Senate approved a bill restoring that money Thursday, following its passage in the House. Dayton has promised he’ll sign it.

It comes just two days into the new legislative session. House Speaker Kurt Daudt says legislative leaders and the governor want to put the episode behind them.