Posted at 7:58 AM on July 19, 2011
by Michael Olson
"Signs that the Minnesota government shutdown soon may end are surfacing, but work remains" writes the Worthington Daily Globe.
The Minnesota State Capitol is set to reopen to the public at 9:00 this morning. Until then, only lawmakers, law enforcement and credentialed media were allowed to enter the building where dealmaking was underway. The Star Tribune reports "as a deal to end the shutdown is finalized, public-access advocates are citing state open-meeting laws."
As heat buckled roads, MnDOT calls some workers back, reports KSTP. The transportation agency is still short-staffed. "MnDOT typically has 560 maintenance workers taking care of metro roads but last week there were just about thirty workers. Even in the midst of the state shutdown, they realized that wasn't enough to do the job, so about twenty workers were called back."
Reopening some parks will require more than just unlocking the gate. Camden State Park near Marshall sustained significant damage during an early July storm. "We have to go through and make sure the campgrounds and buildings are OK and the systems are working fine again since they've been down for almost three weeks," park manager Bill Dinesen tells the Marshall Independent. It will take about a week to get the park open and fully operational once the shutdown ends - that includes cleaning up all the trails in the park. "There's nothing normal about this," he said. "The storm put left another twist into the whole shutdown."
Winona prepares for longterm shutdown.
Wall Street Journal: Dayton blinked
"On Thursday Mr. Dayton took new taxes off the table and in the end agreed to a spending ceiling very close to the original GOP target. Republicans made concessions, too, but there can be no mistake that in this two-week long St. Paul stare down it was Mr. Dayton who blinked."
Star Tribune: Building bill is deal's silver lining
"Plenty of Minnesotans are panning the budget agreement reached last week by Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders -- and they should. Its borrowing and payment delays are almost the definition of shoddy fiscal management. But one aspect of the deal deserves cheers. An economy-stimulating $500 million bonding bill, stalled all year, appears headed for passage."