14 days of waiting and pain made the last offer from Republicans look good to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. But the agreement that could end Minnesota’s government shutdown also contains a few key wins for Governor Dayton as well. Republican policy issues such as voter photo ID, abortion and school vouchers are off the table. He’s getting the 1.4 billion more in spending he said the state needed to avoid draconian cuts to many programs. On top of that, he gets something he requested at the beginning of the session that Republicans never seriously considered: a $500 million bonding bill that will take advantage of low interest rates and put Minnesotans back to work building needed infrastructure.
MNnews’ Rob Barrett sums up the deal. Watch the entire video if you’d like to see the full news conference on the agreement.