By Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Gov. Mark Dayton should apologize for saying some Republicans hate public schools, but the governor isn’t backing down.

Dayton made the comment Tuesday after announcing he’d fulfill his promise and veto the Legislature’s education budget bill. Daudt called Dayton’s remarks “outrageous” and called on the governor to apologize Wednesday.

But Dayton says it’s Republicans who should be sorry for not supporting a budget that funds a half-day preschool program. The Democratic governor says he’ll apologize if they help pass statewide preschool.

Dayton’s comment could tinge negotiations for a special session. He’ll need to reach a new deal with the Republican House on public school funding to finalize the state’s $42 billion budget.

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