Minnesota gov't shutdown enters second week, no deal in sight

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July 11, 2011


By David Godow

St. Paul, Minnesota:

Minnesota's government shutdown dragged into its 11th day with no deal in sight between Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled legislature. Talks fell apart last week after Dayton, Senator Amy Koch and Representative Kurt Zellers failed to come to an agreement over Dayton's proposal to increase taxes on the state's high earners. Republicans have repeatedly refused to approve any budget that includes new taxes.[1]

As the shutdown drags on, 22,000 state employes remain furloughed, 66 parks remain closed, and 100 road projects have been halted.[2] No new talks have been scheduled, reflecting the deep divide remaining between the sides. According to the National Conference on State Legislatures, Minnesota's current shutdown "is now the longest of any state in nearly a decade."[2]

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