Dayton to meet with legislative leaders at 2:30

Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders are scheduled to resume budget negotiations at 2:30 today in Dayton’s office. It will be the first meeting since state government shutdown on Friday. Before that, the two sides negotiated for seven straight days. They failed to reach a deal as they continued to disagree over taxes and spending.

Gov. Dayton said on Friday it would be best if the two sides took a break from negotiations over the weekend so there could be a “cooling off period.”

It’s the fifth day of the government shutdown. Twenty-two thousand state employees have been laid off and many state services have been discontinued as a result of the impasse.

Meanwhile, Gov. Dayton revised his request of which government services should continue running. He says services like special education funding, child care assistance and services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes should operate during the shutdown. The governor’s office says they submitted the request to Special Master Kathleen Blatz. The news release says the governor believes the change is in line with an order released by Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin.

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