BREAKING NEWS: Dayton Will Concede to GOP to End Minn. Shutdown
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is offering to accept a Republican proposal to bring more money into Minnesota's budget to end a two-week-old government shutdown.
Dayton said Thursday that he will take an offer Republicans made just before the shutdown started, if Republicans agree to drop a list of policy changes and a plan to reduce the state workforce by 15 percent.
He also wants lawmakers to approve a construction projects bill totaling at least $500 million.
Dayton says he is willing to call a special session of the Legislature within the next three days if Republicans agree to his budget offer.
GOP leaders did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
Hear reaction to today's development from Republican State Representative Steve Gottwalt of St. Cloud.
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