Posted at 5:10 PM on July 14, 2011
by Paul Tosto
Republican legislative leaders and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday have a budget agreement that will end the two-week state government shutdown, likely within the next few days.
"We have a framework agreement," said GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. "The next couple days will be very busy trying to expedite those details."
Earlier in the day, Dayton offered to accept a solution Republican legislative leaders suggested weeks earlier -- with several conditions.
After meeting with Dayton for more than two and a half hours this afternoon, Dayton and Republican leaders emerged to say the sides are in agreement on a package based on the GOP offer from two weeks ago and the conditions Dayton laid out today.
Leaders said there's no gambling revenue in the bill, so no racino.
Asked about the prospects for a Vikings stadium in an upcoming special session, Dayton and Republicans made it sound like it wouldn't happen.
"We haven't talked about a Vikings stadium in at least two months," Dayton said.
Added Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers: "We're focused solely on making sure these (budget) bills are processed."
Overall, Dayton called it the essence of compromise: "No one's going to be happy with this."
Does the stipulation about "policy issues" include the Marriage amendment? If not, does anybody know what these are?
Was the bonding bill that Dayton discussed this AM a part of this settlement or not? Any coverage on this would be appreciated.
No Help from the Rich?
Well what do you expect from a PLUTOCRACY
(look it up)