Starting at 9, we'll hear from Governor Dayton, then we will get the latest shutdown news from Phil Picardi and Tim Pugmire, and hear where the Vikings' push for a new stadium stands from Tim Nelson.
Governor Dayton to sign bills, take questions from reporters, says MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire...
Dayton expected to appear in 2 minutes in the governor's reception room...
Governor enters the room, along with SOS Mark Ritchie. Black felt-tip marker at the ready. He will use that pen 12 times. That pen would be a good souvenir?
Common Cause's Mike Dean to Kerri Miller: There was very little transparency in this process. And I find it hard to believe legislators had time read, understand these 12 bills.
Dayton: I'm not entirely happy with this budget. It's not what I wanted but it's the best option we had.
Dayton: This budget gets people back to work. It preserves a $37.5 billion biennial budget that protects essential services like early Medicaid. It increases the per-pupil aid formula. No service cuts or fare increases to Metro Transit.
Dayton: Bonding bill gets people back to work. To my great disappointment, downtown projects in Twin Cities, Rochester and other cities not funded. Important what's not in the bill -- no cloning ban. No ban on woman's right to choose what to do with her own body. No ending of collective bargaining rights
Dayton: This was a difficult, unpleasant time. It was hard to figure out what the ending would be.
Dayton asked how long it will get state government back up and running. Answer: It's going to depend on the circumstances for different parts of government. Everyone's geared up and ready to go to get back to work as soon as possible.
Dayton: employees called back immediately, expect most of them to be there Thursday.
Dayton: Borrowing to close gap irresponsible but the "other alternative between now and December was to accept their all cuts budget" and that would have been worse.
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