Rep Denny McNamara email update midnight July 1st

By Rep. Denny McNamara

I’m disappointed to report Minnesota’s government has shut down, as lawmakers and Governor Dayton were unable to reach a budget deal prior to July 1.

We made a lot of progress in each budget area, but ultimately, legislative leaders and the Governor were unable to reach an overall agreement before midnight this evening.

I am extremely disappointed Governor Dayton chose not to call a special session this evening so the legislature could pass a 10 day temporary funding bill. This temporary bill would have continued state government funding at rates established during our last budget cycle. The legislature could have also approve funding for the areas of government where we agreed on a total dollar amount with Governor Dayton, which I also found discouraging. That would have kept MnDOT road construction jobs like our Hastings bridge project going. State Parks and the Mn Zoo could have stayed open for this busy 4th of July weekend.

The goal now is to limit the length of the shutdown. I’m hopeful legislative leaders and Governor Dayton will continue plugging away at this budget bill and finalize our next state budget.

Keep in touch,

Representative Denny McNamara
Chair of the Committee on Environment, Energy
and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
375 State Office Building
100 Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, Mn. 55155-1298
Phone (651) 296-3135

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