Dayton, GOP reach a budget deal to end the two-week government shutdown
July 14, 2011 — 8:59pm
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders announced Thursday evening they have reached a budget deal to end a two week government shutdown.
After a three-hour meeting with GOP leaders, Dayton said the shutdown will be done “very soon, within days.”
Dayton agreed to drop his insistence on a tax hike and accept the Republican offer to borrow money to balance the budget.
But the governor said the deal must include a $500 million bonding package for new building projects around the state, withdrawal of the divisive social issue proposals now threaded through Republican spending bills, and elimination of the GOP proposal to reduce the state workforce by 15 percent.
House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said he will have the votes in the House to pass the agreement.
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, agreed. “We believe the caucus will ultimately support this.”
The House GOP campaign committee said Thursday they are launching a TV ad against DFL candidate Andrew Carlson, as he runs in the special election to replace former Rep. Ann Lenczewski, the longtime DFL lawmaker who retired last year.
Chelsea Clinton made her first campaign stop in Minnesota Wednesday, visiting House DFL Leader Paul Thissen's south Minneapolis home with Gov. Mark Dayton to build support for her mother's presidential bid ahead of the March 1 caucuses.