Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) is turning to business leaders and a bipartisan group of former politicians to help end the state’s five-day-long shutdown.The group, led by Former Vice President Walter Mondale (D) and Former Gov. Arne Carlson (R), is set on finding a “third way” solution to languishing state budget talks, MinnPost.com reported.
Negotiations between Dayton and Republican state legislators have been in a “cooling off period” since the shutdown began midnight Friday. Talks between lawmakers broke down over Dayton’s proposed tax increases to mitigate steep spending cuts proposed by the legislature.
The group is considering everything from more spending cuts to high sales taxes, and is looking to present its findings by Thursday. The group hopes both sides with use its proposal as political cover to reach a compromise to close the state’s $5 billion budget deficit.
Until a deal is reached, non-critical state services will remain shuttered, hundreds of state construction projects will remain at a standstill, and 22,000 state workers will stay on indefinite furlough.
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