Gov. Mark Dayton took a big step toward ending the state shutdown this morning, by offering to accept the Republicans’ final offer on June 30 to resolve the state budget crisis.
Dayton said “…I will reluctantly agree to, although I do not agree with” the offer sheet Republicans had made on the verge of the shutdown.
There are some conditions to Dayton’s offer (PDF):
He wants social policy issues, such as restrictions on stem cell research and abortion, taken off the table; the elimination of a GOP move to cut state employees by 15 percent; and that Republicans agree to pass a $500 million bonding bill.
That plan won’t resolve the long-term problem, Dayton said, because it includes shifts such as:
- 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
Dayton was speaking at the U of M this morning when he announced that he’d sent the letter. Republican leaders have not yet had an opportunity to respond.
MinnPost will have more coverage later.