Dayton Says, He, Lawamkers Have Tentative Budget Deal

Governor Dayton & Lawmakers Reach Tentative Deal

Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota leaders have settled their remaining budget disputes and he is prepared to call the Legislature into special session.

Dayton issued a statement Wednesday saying that he won’t formally schedule the session until he and leaders of the Republican and Democratic legislative caucuses sign a written agreement after reviewing finalized language.

But the Democratic governor says the apparent resolution should head off a possible July 1 partial government shutdown that would occur if budgets for schools, state parks, economic development and farm programs aren’t ratified by then.

Dayton says the deal includes money he sought to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment, allows for energy rate accommodations for the steel industry and gives Rochester flexibility on the Destination Medical Center project.

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