GOP legislators introduce bills for possible govt shutdown
Several freshman Republican legislators over the weekend introduced bills that would keep certain services running in the event of a full-fledged government shutdown.
The bills come as GOP leadership and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton are at a stalemate on how to solve a $5 billion budget deficit with less than 48 hours to go before the Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn.
GOP Leaders and the governor refuse to say they will not finish on time, but the bills reflect a concern from members that a deal will not be reached by Monday, or even July 1, the date on a government shutdown would begin if no deal is reached by then.
- Sen. Sean Nienow has introduced a bill that would suspend pay for the Legislature and governor in the event of a shutdown. He also introduced a bill that would fund state agencies at 70 percent after July 1 (with the exception of public safety, which would be funded at the 100 percent level).
- Sen. John Howe introduced a bill that would fund “essential services,” such as health care, transportation, public safety, child welfare and disaster assistance.
- GOP Rep. Kurt Daudt proposed a bill that aims to keep the state courts from intervening in the budget battle to determine essential services.
But GOP leadership says the bills do not reflect their perspective. At a news conference Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said leadership is still committed to finding a solution by midnight on Monday.