ST. PAUL -- Key elements of an offer by Gov. Mark Dayton to end a budget impasse and a government shutdown, which Republicans leaders agreed to in general Thursday night:

-- Delay state payments to schools, providing $700 million

-- Borrow against future tobacco lawsuit payments, providing $700 million

-- Drop a Republican plan to reduce state workforce 15 percent

-- Remove all policy items not related to the budget from spending bills

-- Pass a public works construction bill of at least $500 million

Don Davis reports for Forum Communications Co.