Posted at 11:49 AM on June 26, 2011
by Jon Gordon
Sixty-seven state parks will close if a new budget is not in place by July 1. That means thousands of campers will lose out, and the parks will take a hit as well.
From the Pioneer Press:
With all those folks paying for camping reservations, vehicle permits, wood and concessions, the agency would expect to bring in more than $1 million that first week, and slightly less during subsequent weeks throughout the summer.
"Not only will these places be closed, but we'll be losing revenue for an already cash-strapped system,'' said Brett Feldman, executive director of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota.
Campers also spend $23 to $26 apiece a day - or $12 million a week - in nearby communities, according to Nelson.
"Shutting down parks right now would be like closing the Mall of America the day after Thanksgiving,'' Feldman
Posted at 4:26 PM on June 26, 2011
by Jon Gordon
From MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire:
DFL Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have ended budget talks for the day aimed at reaching a budget agreement that would head off a state government shutdown next week. After meeting eight hours yesterday, they met for only just over an hour this afternoon. They did not talk to reporters after the meeting, and it's unclear when or if talks will resume.
Read more on Capitol View.
The headline in the Pioneer Press after the meeting's end: "Closer to shutdown?"
The mysterious conclusion followed 16 hours of private talks Friday and Saturday in which Dayton and leaders reported progress on trying to resolve the impasse that, barring an agreement in the next four days, will lead to a state government shutdown Friday.