Posted at 2:39 PM on July 18, 2011
by Paul Tosto
We still don't know yet exactly when Gov. Mark Dayton will lawmakers into special session to pass spending and revenue bills for the next two year budget and end the state shutdown. But there are at least signs of progress.
The House this afternoon posted text and numbers for two of the spending bills:
UPDATE: MPR News reporter Tom Scheck writes:
Dayton and GOP legislative leaders have signed off on two budget bills - the transportation funding bill and the public safety and judiciary finance bill. The two bills make some cuts and rely on one-time money.
The Metropolitan Council faces a $51 million cut for transit programs - less than half of what Republicans were proposing. There is also a 5 percent cut to the Department of Human Rights, cuts to civil legal services and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. There is an increase in funding for the state's public defenders.
The public safety budget bill also takes money from special accounts, like training for police officers and fire fighters, to balance the state's budget.