Minnesota Governor, Republicans Reach Deal To End Shutdown

Minnesota Public Radio and other news outlets are reporting that Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and state legislature's Republicans have reached a deal to end the two-week shutdown of the state's government.

There were very few details available.

MPR's Madeleine Brand reported the following:

St. Paul, Minn. — DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders say they've reached a budget compromise to end the state government shutdown.

Appearing with GOP lawmakers, Dayton said the shutdown will end "very soon, within days." The governor said he plans to call a special session "as soon as possible."

Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said the two sides have a "framework agreement" in place, but the final details still need to be determined.

"The next couple days will be very busy," Koch said.

The shutdown resulted in 20,000 state workers laid off after the governor and Republican lawmakers failed to agree on how to close a projected $5 billion, two-year deficit. Dayton's final offer before the shutdown was a proposal to raise taxes on Minnesotans who make more than $1 million annually.

Republicans rejected the tax on the superwealthy.

Instead, they proposed withholding a $700 million in payments from the state's k-23 public schools. They also proposed issuing tobacco-payment bonds which are backed by settlement money tobacco companies agreed to pay the states.

The Associated Press reported that the agreement announced Thursday resembles that earlier Republican proposal.

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