Dayton Calls Special Session

By KBJR News 1

Dayton Calls Special Session

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 10:19 AM CST

By Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio News

St. Paul, MN Governor Dayton announced just moments ago that he's calling a special session for 3pm Tuesday.

The Legislature will act quickly to take up nine budget bills and a bonding bill.

The state government shutdown will end as soon as Gov. Dayton signs the bills into law.

Dayton and the Republican controlled Legislature have been at odds over the best way to craft a two year budget.

They reached agreement last week to erase a $5 billion budget deficit by using a mix of spending cuts, a payment delay to schools and borrowing against future tobacco payments and spending cuts.

The budget deal would end the longest government shutdown in state history.

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