What we know

Posted at 6:45 PM on June 30, 2011 by Paul Tosto (4 Comments)

It's been a looong day at the shutdown blog and it figures to be an equally long night. We'll be around posting. Here's a look, though, at some of what we learned today.

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Talks. No talks. Optimism? For all the times talks started and stopped or looked they were about to start then didn't, you'd be convinced there was no chance of a deal. Yet, negotiators weren't burning bridges.

MPR's Tim Pugmire reported DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk remains optimistic

"Well, we've been here pretty continuously for the last week, since Friday morning.. We've had a lot of good discussions with the Republicans, and I do think the opportunity for a global agreement tonight that would prevent a shutdown is within reach."

House Speaker Kurt Zellers said a shutdown is not necessary and would be bad for Minnesota.

"Let's get the job done. Let's not shut down government. Let's pass the bills where we're close.We can come back and finish the couple of other ones that were maybe still not quite on. But it's time to call us back," he told reporters. "It's getting too close to the end. Let's get to work. Let's get our job done and let's make sure Minnesotans are ready for the Fourth of July weekend."

Dayton, of course, has consistently said he will not call a special session until he and Republicans agree on a complete budget plan.

Stuff's closed. The shutdown became very real this afternoon. Traffic cams stopped, rest stops closed, beloved Minnesota places like Itasca State Park and the Mississippi headwaters were cleared out.

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That one seems especially hard. No matter where you sit on the political spectrum, closing Itasca has to make you sad.

The most vulnerable seem secure. A sudden shut off of state funds is bound to create some suffering, but advocates for the poor are expressing relief that health care and welfare programs will operate during a government shutdown, write MPR reporters Madeleine Baran and Rupa Shenoy.

The budget mess may be hard to solve, but now it's easy to understand. Thanks to MPR's Curtis Gilbert and Molly Bloom, you can now easily understand the budget mess we're in. Just click the play button below.

Oh, yeah. One last thing we know: If nothing else changes, most of Minnesota's state government shuts down in about five hours.


Comments (4)

I can't renew my real estate license. PulsePortal.com (MN Dept of Commerce) has been disabled and the state hasn't even shutdown yet???

Posted by ugh | June 30, 2011 7:41 PM


The Sec. of State, Auditor and AG have their full staff coming in to work tomorrow. They just decided they have power to ignore the shutdown.

Posted by what? | June 30, 2011 9:28 PM


Can you make this video available to share on social networking sites? It's a simple and wonderful explanation that I feel should be shared with those who are ignorant of or not understanding the issue.

Posted by Jayme | June 30, 2011 9:48 PM


So all the lawyers will be working?

Posted by john | June 30, 2011 10:16 PM


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