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Gov. Mark Dayton looks the 286-page health and human services budget bill Wednesday before he signs it into law. Dayton signed the state budget Wednesday morning, hours after legislators passed it in an all-night session. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Bills signed as shutdown ends, but government restart not immediate

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton this morning signed a two-year budget into law, ending a government shutdown and beginning a process of state employees returning to work and state services restarting.

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In the governor's reception room, Dayton signed nine bills that fund various areas of government, much of which has been idled since he and Republican legislative leaders failed to agree on a new budget before the old one ended on June 30.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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