Handshake agreement to end shutdown

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The handshake heard round the state.
Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers just shook hands in the Capitol in a symbolic end to the shutdown.

After months of acrimony and backbiting, Dayton and the Republican leaders spent the press conference announcing the agreement and congratulating themselves and each other.

"We've worked very hard together," Dayton said. "We've worked literally around the clock for the last four days and night."

Zellers said that after a long delay, the government was delivering with a bill that would "change our state for a generation," even if there were disagreements.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Zellers said. "[Dayton] has some idea about raising taxes we're not quite on yet. We want to cut a little more spending; we still have some time to convince him."

Zellers said the Legislature was ready to pass the budgets as soon as possible, which means the 3 p.m. special session to vote on the budget could be lightning quick.

Dayton reiterated that neither side really won the battle, and both would have to live with the result.

"Everyone will look at this," he said, "including ourselves, and say, well we don't have this, we don't have that. We have this we don't want, we have that we don't want. But that's just the essence of the compromise."

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Mn Voter
Mn Voter

curious: If this was so important to the state and Gov. Dayton, then why was he not awake at 3:30 am this morning to sign the 12 budgets into law. It seems like our govenor wanted to sleep in OR was there a fund raiser going on?

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Yippee Skippee now I can go Pee at the wayside! For pete's sake - we need to re-organize, reduce the number of employees and liberate our laws. Open liquor stores on Sunday and let me go buy a car too! Aren't we great. I hope they don't break their arms slapping their own backs.

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