Get Political Wire by Email:

July 15, 2011

Deal Reached to End Minnesota Shutdown

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.

"In 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."

Politico: "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 increases."


Political Wire Podcast Engaging conversations about elections and the political issues of the day. Subscribe via iTunes or RSS to get episodes automatically downloaded.