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Dayton's offer to end budget impasse

ST. PAUL -- Key elements of an offer by Gov. Mark Dayton to end a budget impasse and a government shutdown, which Republicans leaders agreed to in general Thursday night:

-- Delay state payments to schools, providing $700 million

-- Borrow against future tobacco lawsuit payments, providing $700 million

-- Drop a Republican plan to reduce state workforce 15 percent

-- Remove all policy items not related to the budget from spending bills

-- Pass a public works construction bill of at least $500 million

Don Davis reports for Forum Communications Co.

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.