Video: Understand the state budget mess in 3 minutes Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders have not yet agreed on a new two-year budget, and the deadline to do so without a state government shutdown is midnight tonight. MPR News explains what's behind the budget impasse at the Minnesota state Capitol.June 30, 2011
Rally at Capitol as shutdown looms More than 500 people rallied on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol today to urge full funding for state programs to support low-income Minnesotans.June 30, 2011
Former budget negotiators offer insights on final day Former DFL Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Tom Hanson, former deputy chief of staff and finance commissioner for Gov. Tim Pawlenty, explain the budget negotiating process. They were both involved in the 2005 budget impasse and partial government shutdown. What needs to happen today?Midday, June 30, 2011
State employees brace for loss of paychecks With no budget compromise in sight at the Minnesota Capitol, the reality of a potenital government shutdown is sinking in for thousands of state employees. About 22,000 will be laid off as of midnight Thursday. Many of them are preparing for a big financial shock.June 30, 2011
Shutdown: Minnesotans take care of last-minute business Many people are in a last-minute flurry to take care of government business: renewing their driver's licenses, getting permits, even buying lottery tickets before non-essential services go dark at midnight Thursday.June 30, 2011
Minnesota budget stalemate Daily negotiations between Governor Dayton and Republican leaders have not provided a solution to the state's $5 billion deficit. With a government shutdown looming, what chance do last minute talks have towards reaching a resolution?Midmorning, June 30, 2011
Nonprofit groups not considered 'essential' Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled Wednesday that while some of the state's nonprofit organizations provide services that vulnerable Minnesotans rely on, it's not a critical core function of the government to continue funding them in the event of a shutdown.
MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Jon Pratt, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, about how the ruling will impact those groups.June 29, 2011