Dayton Won’t Take Salary If Government Shuts Down

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Saturday he won’t take his salary if he and lawmakers can’t come to a budget agreement by the end of the month to avoid a potential government shutdown.

Dayton released a statement Saturday, which read “In the event of a state government shutdown, which I remain committed to doing everything possible to avoid, I think it would be terribly wrong for those of us responsible for it, the Republican legislators and myself, to receive our salaries while thousands of dedicated state employees have lost theirs.”

Dayton and lawmakers have to agree on a budget by June 30 to solve the state’s $5 billion deficit, and if they can’t, the state’s government will shut down and many services and offices will close until an agreement can be reached.

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