Dayton, Republicans Back in Budget Talks

by Marta Holmes May 20, 2017, 0:47
Dayton, Republicans Back in Budget Talks

The GOP-controlled Legislature has passed 10 budget bills, which Democrat Dayton vetoed. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, balked at the idea but said he would hear out Gazelka.

Due to squabbling over transportation spending in St. Paul, the governor says the only way to get the job done is force residents to pay more when buying a auto.

"I think this is fair and equitable, half and half - meet halfway", Dayton said.

Minnesotans will only have to get a new license when your current license expires.

Republicans said they would respond with a counteroffer, and talks were scheduled to continue into the evening. But in the end, a compromise brought almost every lawmaker and the governor on board.

Because of when their driver's license expires, some people may choose to renew their license early in order to get a REAL ID compliant card once they become available.

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The January deadline is still in play. Over the past two years, lawmakers have debated the issue vigorously.

State officials expect to begin issuing the new IDs sometime next year.

Minnesotans who plan to visit federal facilities, nuclear power plants and military bases will need to show an alternative form of ID in addition to their state driver's license.

The federal government has twice denied Minnesota's request for an extension to comply with the Real ID federal standards for driver's license security rules. A separate "enhanced" license, which is available now at an added cost, is accepted for air travel and at federal facilities, and can be used for travel between the USA and Canada, Mexico and some Caribbean countries.

Many Minnesotans may already have Real ID-compliant identifications. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove.

The two sides sat without talking Thursday (other than a telephone call between Gazelka and the governor) waiting for the other side to make a move. But a big setback also presented itself Tuesday when the House failed to pass an $800 million package of borrowing for public works projects around the state, usually a popular measure that allows lawmakers to deliver construction dollars back home.


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