Makings of a deal

  • Updated: July 15, 2011 - 5:35 AM


The budget deal agreed upon Thursday by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders would bridge the remaining $1.4 billion budget gap without any deeper cuts in essential services and without raising taxes.

What GOP offered on June 30:

•Increase the accounting shift for K-12 schools by another $700 million. That would bring the total shift to $2.1 billion -- a delay of 40 percent of state aid to schools.

•Issue roughly $700 million in bonds against future tobacco settlement revenue to cover remaining budget gap.

•Boost per-student aid formula by $128 million to cover extra borrowing school districts may need to do because of delayed school aid.

•Add $10 million to University of Minnesota to equalize its budget reduction with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

•Restore funding to Department of Human Rights and Trade Office.

What Dayton added on July 14:

•Republicans withdraw all controversial policy positions from spending bills.

•Pass a bonding bill of at least $500 million in special session.

•Eliminate GOP proposal for 15 percent, across-the-board reductions in state workforce.


Dayton and legislative leaders will work through the weekend fine-tuning the agreement. Dayton expects to call a special session early next week. State parks could start re-opening and state employees could return to work as soon as final bills are passed and signed.

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