Governor Dayton calls special session to end MN shutdown

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Governor Mark Dayton and Legislative leaders this morning signed an agreement outlining the terms of a special session to complete the budget. The Governor has signed a proclamation calling the Minnesota Legislature into a special session beginning at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Governor Dayton and leaders of the Republican Majority and the DFL Minority have agree to limit the session to just 12 bills.

To pass the bills in a timely manner, the agreement says the House and Senate rules will be suspended, as will the State’s constitution.

Read the Dayton-GOP-DFL Agreement Letter (PDF)

Under the agreement, no amendments to the bills will be considered.

The 12 bills to be considered are:

  1. Taxes Omnibus Finance Bill
  2. Education Omnibus Finance Bill
  3. Capital Investment Bill
  4. Health and Human Services Omnibus Finance Bill
  5. State Government, Innovations, and Veterans Omnibus Finance Bill
  6. Transportation Omnibus Finance Bill
  7. Judiciary and Public Safety Omnibus Finance Bill
  8. Jobs and Economic Growth Omnibus Finance Bill
  9. Environment/Energy/Commerce Omnibus Finance Bill
  10. Higher Education Omnibus Finance Bill
  11. Pensions bill
  12. Legacy Bill

Rep Ryan Winkler (DFL Golden Valley/ St. Louis Park) says most DFL members will be voting against a “very irresponsible” budget. He says the only thing good about it is state government will reopen and people will go back to work. He says the real harm this budget will do is over the long term as Minnesota descends into “financial chaos” Politically he says Republicans will be worse off because they are the ones borrowing 1.4 billion dollars and “putting the state into a fiscal train wreck situation”.

Rep. Winkler says there are a lot of important progressive goals that Minnesota needs to accomplish and “this budget really undermines our ability to do any of those.”

“People need to be aware of how bad our state finances are. They need to get informed. They need to demand that Republicans get off their tax obstructionism and they need to demand that Democrats maintain spending discipline even when we do raise revenues so we are investing in the right things for the stateapos;s future.”