Gov. Dayton and GOP Legislative leaders reached a budget deal. The shutdown, which is now in its third week, should end soon.
The deal came about after Dayton agreed to drop his tax hikes and accept a GOP offer that borrows against future tobacco payments and delays K12 payments to schools.
Here’s video of the newser.
Here’s the deal at a glance.
Dayton and GOP leaders are now tasked with writing and passing the budget.
Tidbit: GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen will be on MPR’s Morning Edition at 8:30 this morning. DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk will be on MPR’s Midmorning at 9:30am.
Here’s a primer on tobacco bonds.
Some rank and file Republicans are cautious about the deal.
Tidbit: AFSMCE and MAPE, two of the state public employee unions, say it’s too early to comment on the deal. SEIU blasted the financing of it.
AP says there are seeds of future problems with this budget deal.
School officials criticized the deal.
Many state employees say they’re ready to get back to work.
Business owners say they’re also eager to see the end of the shutdown.
There are still many outstanding questions with this budget deal. For example, Dayton’s office isn’t saying when a special session will be called (but it sounds like it could be as early as Monday).
We also don’t know what will be in the bills. The K12 bill, the HHS bill, the state government finance bill and the bonding bill all need to be hashed out.
Out of the frying pan…
Census Data show potential for rising demands on state government.
The Vikings say they’re ready to start talking about a new stadium.
The debt talks in Washington inch toward a compromise.
President Obama will hold a news conference at 10am to discuss the talks. MPR News will air his comments live.
The House GOP signals openness to a backup deal debt plan.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar has entered the Senate debt talks.
Minnesota Republicans are cool to GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell’s debt ceiling plan.
The FBI will probe Rupert Murdoch’s company over allegations that employees hacked into phone conversations and voice mail of September 11 survivors, victims and their families.
MinnPost says GOP Rep. John Kline is tackling the No Child Left Behind renewal in a piecemeal fashion.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson wants to create a safety net for dairy farmers.
Race for President
CBS News says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann raised $4 million in the 2nd Quarter.
She aims to continue raising those amounts by sending out fundraising e-mail that bashes Whoopi Goldberg.
Tim Pawlenty ends the quarter with $1.4 million on hand.
An analyst says Bachmann’s debt ceiling talk is “just nonsense.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, rips Bachmann for suggesting raising the debt limit won’t have an impact.
A New Hampshire poll shows Bachmann’s numbers jumping 11% since April.
Marcus Bachmann tells the Star Tribune that his clinic is not anti-gay.
The Atlantic says Bachmann’s church has some harsh views of the Catholic Church.
Tim Pawlenty gets the Walter Shapiro treatment. It’s a pretty solid read.
Rest in Peace
A Minnesota marine was killed in Afghanistan.