|Dayton said he was forced to sign a budget he didn't like.|
Minnesota's shutdown is over.
Mark Dayton signed the nine budget bills and three spending bills at 9:00 a.m., ending the state's embarrassing, costly lockout on its 20th day. The shutdown's end is good news for the 22,000 state employees, who will be recalled to work at 6 a.m. tomorrow, according to the state's BeReadyMN.com website.
Dayton also announced that state parks would reopen tomorrow.
But even at the announcement, Dayton sounded a disappointed chord about the budget, saying he was forced to sign bills he didn't like.
"I'm not particularly happy with this budget I've just signed into law," he said. "I signed it because otherwise Minnesota wouldn't go back to work." More »