Lawmakers End MN Shutdown

    Governor of Minnesota Mark Dayton speaks to Policy Fellows at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on July 14, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The state of Minnesota shut down state services after Republicans and Democrats failed to come to an agreement on the budget.

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    You see how it's done, Washington? After a two-week state shutdown, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislators have finally reached a deal to get government running again. The move came after Dayton offered to accept the budget that Republicans offered in late June, but he added certain conditions. Dayton said he would accept the budgets if Republicans would agree to a $500 million bonding bill and if they would offer to take policy issues and state job cuts off the table. Dayton said the shutdown would be over, “very soon, within days.”

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