MN GOP Hopes Policy Concessions Will Yield Budget Agreement By Michael McIntee | May 22, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Follow this author Click on Photo to View Video of Redistricting Session Minnesota Republican leaders confirmed what has been long suspected, they are trying to negotiate policy issues as part of getting a budget agreement with Governor Mark Dayton. However, on the budget itself there has been no progress. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch talk about the negotiations here: House Minority Leader Paul Thissen talks about how “disappointed” he is in the Republicans refusal to compromise when Governor Dayton has already met them halfway. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.