GOP House Passes Tax Bill, Testing Dayton 16 May 18

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has passed its bill squaring state taxes with the federal government.

Republicans made the sudden move Tuesday, testing Gov. Mark Dayton’s resolve over taxes. Dayton vowed Monday he would not sign a so-called tax conformity bill until lawmakers provide $138 million in emergency funding to 59 Minnesota schools suffering budget shortages.

But the Republican House and Senate are sending Dayton the bill anyway. The House passed its bill Tuesday on a 78-50 vote, and the Senate was expected to follow suit today (Wednesday).

The GOP’s plan to modestly cut income tax rates is drastically different than Dayton’s proposal. The two sides have until Sunday night to strike a deal.