Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has negotiated a "framework" for a budget
deal with the Republican leaders of the state House and Senate that
could end the Minnesota government shutdown after a special session of
the legislature set to begin next week, reports the Duluth News Tribune.
a way, each had lost a political friend: Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton
gave up his long-held demand that the richest Minnesotans pay higher
taxes; Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader
Amy Koch gave up their party's strongly held stance of keeping state
spending to no more than $34 billion in the next two years... Dayton
said he would accept a offer Republican legislators made on June 30, the
day before state government shut down. But he tacked three of his own
requirements onto the proposal: All policy issues would be stripped from
budget bills, a GOP plan to cut the state work force 15 percent would
disappear and the Legislature must approve at least $500 million in
public works construction... Koch and Zellers said they accepted
Dayton's proposal, but altered it. They did not say what changed."
"There are national implications from the deal: if congressional
Republicans draw the lesson from this imbroglio that the president might
buckle on the debt ceiling debate if they stand as firm as the
Minnesota GOP did for the last two weeks, the likelihood of default
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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