MINNESOTA’S BUDGET AND SHUTDOWN
Dayton, GOP reach budget deal; shutdown to end soon
by Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio
July 14, 2011
St. Paul, Minn. — DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders say they’ve reached a budget compromise to end the state government shutdown.
Dayton, at a news conference alongside Republican legislative leaders, said the shutdown will end “very soon, within days.” The governor said he plans to call a special session “as soon as possible” to pass a state budget.
But neither side is celebrating the agreement, which relies heavily on one-time money and pushes a big part of the budget problem into the future. The state government shut down July 1 when the governor and legislative leaders failed to reach an agreement on how to fix the state’s projected $5 billion deficit.