Minnesota Legislature: Minnesota's Budget Crisis

The state shutdown is hitting home for many Minnesotans who haven't paid attention to the impasse at the state Capitol until now.And, after weeks of anticipating a potential shutdown, the reality of the situation sunk in for state employees. (07/04/2011)
A look at the budget proposals shows that both sides were willing to move on their long-standing positions, but they weren't willing to fully give in to the other's demands. (07/01/2011)
Today this is the first day of what's undoubtedly the biggest layoff in state history, with 22,000 state employees out of work. (07/01/2011)
Now that the wide-ranging state government shutdown is in place, state legislators should expect to face angry constituents who will demand they return to work with the governor and finish the job, say former state lawmakers who dealt with similar budget stalemates. (07/01/2011)
Construction is continuing on the Central Corridor light rail project between Minneapolis and St. Paul, despite a state government shutdown. (07/01/2011)
On this first day of a government shutdown, most state agencies are operating with only essential staff — the lone exception being the state Department of Agriculture. (07/01/2011)
Hearings were under way Friday morning at the the Minnesota Judicial Center. Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz is considering whether parts of Minnesota state government should be re-opened. (07/01/2011)
Morning Edition invited Republican Sen. Amy Koch to defend her role in the budget talks. (07/01/2011)
The government shutdown that began early today was affecting state workers, the private sector and families who tried to visit the Minnesota Zoo. (07/01/2011)
Minnesotans around the Twin Cities answer the question, "Why do you think the Minnesota legislature and governor reach a budget deal?" (07/01/2011)
This shutdown is much more extensive than the partial shutdown the state saw in 2005. A court order is keeping money flowing to services deemed essential. Reporter Tim Pugmire was up late last night as budget talks broke down. (07/01/2011)
A handy list of which state services are closed and which are open in the state government shutdown. (07/01/2011)
Correction officers at state prisons are working without support staff. Daily activities and programs as well as recreation and inmate visits are canceled. (07/01/2011)
Many state government functions are closed Friday, as Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders failed to solve a $5 billion budget shortfall by the June 30 deadline. How did it get to this point, and what can be done to get the state moving again? (Midday, 07/01/2011)
Metro Transit buses and trains are operating on normal schedules, the Stillwater Lift Bridge is open, but road construction projects have stopped. (07/01/2011)

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