On day seven of the government shutdown, there was no headway on budget talks, but lots of news coming out of Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin's office.
Today, she ruled that licensing operations at the Department of Human Services should continue. That means background checks for doctors and professionals who work in child care, for instance, will continue.
We also know that Gov. Mark Dayton wants Special Master Kathleen Blatz to rule homelessness programs and child care support critical after all.
The GOP is using Dayton's list of essential staff as ammunition in the battle over who's responsible for the shutdown. In addition to his chief of staff and press officer, Dayton's list includes his chef and housekeeper. But it's important to point out that Dayton's paying his chef's salary with his own money during the shutdown.
And a group of budget experts say they've got a deficit solution.
As this point, there are no budget talks scheduled for tomorrow.
Let us not forget that the Republican led Legislature handed a ballanced budget that increased spending but Dayton was the one who vetoed it. Had he signed this bill, the State of Minnesota would not have shut down and all State facilities would have remained open. But Dayton, his family, and the Unions want to create envy between people so they attack "the top 2%". Shame on Dayton to hold the people of Minnesota hostage.
I remember that the Republicans handed Governor Dayton a budget that they knew he would veto at $34 Billion. He has moved off of $39 Billion but made it crystal clear that he would not sign at $34 B. Why didn't the Republicans pass a "lights on" bill before they adjourned?