His signature starts the process of restarting Minnesota government which has been mostly shut down since July 1st because Republican Leaders and the Governor could not agree on a state budget. After several weeks of enduring a shutdown, the Governor agreed to the Republicans last offer as long as it addressed just the budget and not policy issues such as abortion, stem cell research and school vouchers.
That caveat caused some rifts within the Republican party. Republican Senator Michelle Fischbach didn’t even vote for her own Higher Education bill because it didn’t contain the cloning research ban that she wanted in it. The bill passed 35-30.