UPDATE: Lillie says announcement has 'potential for breakthrough'
MINNEAP0LIS -- Gov. Mark Dayton says ending the state government shutdown is so important that he is willing to drop his long-held demand to increase taxes on Minnesota's top earners.
His announcement this morning was convincing enough to Republicans who control the Legislature to agree to meet with him this afternoon. Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, have met less than two hours since the shutdown began on July 1.