Flashback: Though the state is now projecting an $876 bmillion surplus, things looked more dire earlier this year when the state government shutdown.
July 14, 2011 Gov. Mark Dayton gets down on a knee to talk to Mark Siegel, a state employee and blogger, after Dayton appeared at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School and announced he would seek a budget deal with GOP leaders. Dayton offered major concessions in a bid to end a government shutdown, dropping his pursuit of tax hikes to say he was willing to accept with conditions. David Joles/AP Buy Photo