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Date:June 6, 2011
Contact Name:Michael Brodkorb
Contact Phone:651-296-4184
For Immediate Release

(St. Paul) – Senate and House Republican Leadership met with Governor Mark Dayton today offer a new budget compromise to prevent a government shutdown. The new proposal offers a 100 percent match with Governor Dayton’s funding requests for Education and Public Safety and the Judiciary. Specifically, the offer increases Education of $80 million over the education finance conference report (HF 934) and increases the Public Safety and Judiciary conference report (SF 958) by $30 million.

“This new budget compromise offer reflects our longstanding objective to prioritize state spending within available resources. Our proposal matches Gov. Dayton’s funding request levels for education and public safety and the judiciary,” said Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R-Buffalo). “This is a reasonable and responsible offer that demonstrates our commitment to Minnesota’s legislative priorities while also preventing a government shutdown.”

Together, Education, Public Safety and Judiciary budgets comprise almost 50 percent of state general fund spending. Republican Legislative Leaders believe that by meeting Governor Dayton halfway on a budget deal, they are well-positioned to reach a final agreement by the June 30th deadline.

“This is a substantial offer on our part to accept the governor’s funding requests for half of the entire state budget. We’re together on overall spending for kids, cops and courts, and we’re doing it within the framework of what we have in the checkbook. It doesn’t spend beyond what we can already afford,” said Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove). “Education is a priority for all of us, he wants funding and we want reform. This offer does both – it funds at his level and includes our reforms.”

Republicans in the legislature will continue to negotiate all other budget bills as outlined in the schedule agreed to last Friday, June 3rd.

Click Here To Read The Letter To Governor Dayton