Doug Grow at MN Post writes:
In the end, Republicans and Dayton weren't only separated by fiscal issues. Republicans apparently were still loading bills with other goodies from their platform. In the final days of negotiations, Republicans were still insisting on legislation supporting voter ID and restrictions on abortion and stem cell research in their talks with Dayton.
After the talks had collapsed, Koch said those were matters that could have been "hammered out'' with just a bit more negotiating. Fiscal issues were the key divide, she said.
Remember that this was the same legislature whose chief "accomplishment" was the passage of the Bradlee Dean anti-gay marriage amendment.