Dayton sets special session for 3 p.m. to end shutdown

Posted at 10:59 AM on July 19, 2011 by Paul Tosto (0 Comments)

With at least a handshake agreement on all of the remaining budget bills, Gov. Mark Dayton just told reporters he will bring the Legislature into session today to pass budget bills that will end the Minnesota state government shutdown.

MPR's Tom Scheck writes:

Gov. Dayton announced just moments ago that he's calling a special session for 3 p.m. today.

The Legislature will act quickly to take up nine budget bills and a bonding bill. The state government shutdown will end as soon as Gov. Dayton signs the bills into law.

Dayton and the Republican controlled Legislature have been at odds over the best way to craft a two year budget. They reached agreement last week to erase a $5 billion budget deficit by using a mix of spending cuts, a payment delay to schools and borrowing against future tobacco payments and spending cuts.

The budget deal would end the longest government shutdown in state history.

"We worked very hard literally around the clock for the last four days and nights," Dayton said.

"We are ready to get bills moving through session," added GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers. "And get them to the governor as quickly as we can."


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