Minnesota Saved! Governor Agrees To Republican Budget

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    Jul 14, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    Sanity comes to Minnesota!

    Gov. Dayton Agrees to Republican Budget to End Minnesota Shutdown

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, saying he "reluctantly" agrees to accept the Republican budget proposal from June 30 if it will end the government shutdown.

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    Jul 14, 2011 8:19 PM GMT
    Only if the Republicans have the sanity to agree to his 3 conditions:

    OPTo make a deal, the governor set the following conditions:

    Remove policy issues
    Drop 15 percent across the board in reductions to state employees in all agencies
    Pass $500 million bonding bill

    OPThe Republican offer from June 30 included:

    A shift in K-12 school aid payments from 70/30 to 60/40
    Issuing tobacco bonds to cover the remaining gap
    Increasing the per student formula by $50 per year to cover additional borrowing costs
    Adding $10 million more to the University of Minnesota to equalize MnSCU cuts
    Restoring funding to Department of Human Rights and Trade Office