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Dayton signs spending bills, ending shutdown

published 7/20/2011
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The state government shutdown is officially over.

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the 12 spending and tax bills that will fund state government for the next two years. The House and Senate passed the bills in a marathon session beginning last night and ending this morning.

“I’m not really happy with this budget that I’ve signed into law. It’s not what I wanted. But it’s the best option that is available,” Dayton said at a press conference.

The bills will authorize a combined total of $34 billion in spending from the state’s General Fund — $35.7 billion if you add in the K-12 aid payment shift, tobacco revenue bonds and cash flow account transfer that were part of the final agreement.

The bills will fund state government for the 2012-2013 fiscal biennium, which began July 1. Most of the appropriations made in the bills are effective retroactively to that date.

For more detailed information, check out the following nonpartisan sources:
• articles summarizing all 12 of the bills are available on Session Daily;
• the bills’ text, spreadsheets and research summaries can be found here; and
• a PDF spreadsheet breaking down the final budget agreement can be found here.

- Nick Busse

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