Posted at 6:00 PM on July 1, 2011
by Paul Tosto
Here's a look at what we learned today about the state government shutdown.
Wait until next week. Anybody still hoping for a weekend deal that would open the state parks for camping by July 4? Not happening. Gov. Mark Dayton told MPR today he won't be reaching out to Republicans until next week and that negotiators need a "breather."
Judging from the heated rhetoric during the day among negotiators, he may have a point.
Jobless claims surge. Some 22,000 state workers are out of work, the largest single layoff in Minnesota history. So there was a lot of action filing unemployment claims today as workers confronted the new reality of being unemployed and the uncertainty of not knowing when it will end.
Loggers can keep logging. We didn't pay a ton of attention to this one, but northern Minnesota loggers won a court victory to keep logging on state land even though it was not counted as an essential service.
Not sure what to make of it, exactly. But I wonder if it opens the door a little wider to challenges by groups who are losing income or sustaining damage because of the shutdown and because the part of state government they deal with isn't considered essential.
Pavement fails. OK, this isn't exactly about the budget impasse -- three pavement failures this afternoon on I-94 from Broadway to Dupont in Minneapolis -- but it kind of is.