Gov takes GOP offer

In a serious effort to end the two-week-old state government shutdown, Democratic Governor Mark Dayton said he would reluctantly agree to Republican legislative leaders’ last offer from June 30th.   That would put state spending around $35 billion dollars with shifting school payments and using tobacco bonds to balance a $5 billion budget shortfall.  But Dayton said he wanted Republicans to drop policy language dealing with abortion and voter ID, back off a 15% cut to state agencies and agree to a $500 million bonding bill for state construction projects.  The governor said after days of traveling the state he’s seen enough pain.  He’d like to call a special session within three days.  Republican House and Senate leaders are scheduled to meet with the governor face to face this afternoon.

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