Dayton Says He Won’t Take Salary During Government Shutdown
With the potential government shutdown less than two weeks away, Governor Mark Dayton has said he won’t take his salary if there is no budget agreement by the end of the month.
In a statement released Saturday Dayton said, “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.”
Governor Dayton and state lawmakers have to have an agreement on the state’s $5 billion deficit by June 30. If they are unable to come to an agreement the state’s government will shut down.