He's right. It is.Dayton continued: “I offered a plan to raise the taxes of only those Minnesotans who make more than $1 million per year. That is less than 0.3% of the state population. Despite many hours of negotiations, the Republican caucus remains adamantly opposed to new taxes.”
Earlier in the week, Gov. Dayton said a deal would have to be done by Wednesday in order to draft and pass the necessary legislation. But Thursday, the governor continued meeting with GOP leaders on-and-off trying to put an agreement in place.
At around 10 p.m. Thursday evening Gov. Dayton rejected a two page temporary funding deal from the GOP leadership that would keep the Minnesota government operational for an additional 10 days.
"There are a lot of people on the steps of the Capitol right now asking us to not shut down the government. This document is their answer,” Koch said referring to the lights-on bill.
When asked his response to the 10-day temporary funding bill, Gov. Dayton’s answer was frank and clear: “I think it’s a publicity stunt,” he replied.