• No talk of new stadium in special session
    A key backer of the Vikings stadium bill is ruling it out of a special session called to fix Minnesota's budget stalemate.July 15, 2011
  • Q & A: Budget deal lawmakers Kurt Daudt and Sandra Pappas
    All Things Considered speaks with State Rep. and Assistant Majority Leader Kurt Daudt and DFL Sen. Sandra Pappas about the efforts of legislative leaders to work with Gov. Mark Dayton to hammer out details of the budget outline agreement announced yesterday.July 15, 2011
  • GOP leaders confident they have support for budget
    Republican leaders of the Legislature are confident they have the votes to pass the bills that make up the budget framework they and Gov. Mark Dayton agreed to on Thursday.July 15, 2011
  • Budget negotiators get down to the details
    With a budget framework now in hand, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders went to work Friday, trying to fill in the details of a two-year spending plan that will end the state government shutdown.July 15, 2011
  • Minn. residents have mixed reaction to budget deal
    As negotiators work out details to end Minnesota's state government shutdown, reaction to the potential deal is mixed among state residents. We sampled the sentiment of people in the Bemidji area today.July 15, 2011
  • Dayton aims for special session on Monday
    DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday called state employees the "real heroes" of the budget stalemate and shutdown and said he's hopeful they will get back pay to make up for lost wages. During an appearance on MPR's Midday program, Dayton said he hoped to call lawmakers back into special session on Monday to approve the budget deal and end the shutdown.July 15, 2011
  • Gov. Mark Dayton on the budget deal
    DFL Gov. Mark Dayton made the move that will likely end the state government shutdown by accepting a Republican budget offer -- with a few new conditions -- that he had initially rejected two weeks ago.Midday, July 15, 2011
  • Short-term fixes end budget stalemate
    DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are moving forward on a budget framework that relies heavily on one-time money and pushes a big part of the budget problem into the future.Midday, July 15, 2011
  • FAQ on the deal ending the state government shutdown
    Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the tentative deal ending the government shutdown in Minnesota.July 15, 2011
  • Deal at a glance
    Here's a look at the key items in the June 30 proposal that forms the basis of Thursday's initial agreement to end the shutdown and close a $1.4 million gap between parties' budget proposals.July 15, 2011
  • State employees ready to get back to work, but concerned about deal
    State employees should be able to return to their jobs within days, but they are concerned about what the budget agreement means for them.July 15, 2011
  • Business owners eager to see end of shutdown
    Businesses owners affected by the state government shutdown are relieved that a budget deal could be within sight.July 15, 2011
  • Leaders now tasked with writing, passing budget
    With Minnesota's government impasse close to over, Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders are tasked with writing budget bills and passing them in a special legislative session.July 15, 2011
  • Budget compromise reached; ends 15-day shutdown
    Although DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have agreed on a budget framework to end a 15-day-old state government shutdown, neither side is celebrating the deal that relies heavily on one-time money and pushes a big part of the budget problem into the future.July 15, 2011
  • Minnesota's shutdown nears an end
    Minnesotans have watched politics and partisanship in action during the two-week long state government shutdown. Will the next few days provide a road map to how the state will be governed?Midmorning, July 15, 2011
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