Minnesota Legislature: Minnesota's Budget Crisis

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)
Eric Kaler said the school will operate as normal during the shutdown even without money from the state. Classes and research will continue and hospitals and clinics will stay open. (07/01/2011)
The Minnesota State Capitol was the center of activity on Thursday, June 30, 2011, as Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders tried all day to come up with a last-minute budget agreement to avert a government shutdown. Their efforts failed, even as state employees and others gathered outside to urge them to reach a deal. (07/01/2011)
The Minnesota state government shut down early Friday after budget talks broke down Thursday between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders. (07/01/2011)
After the governor and legislative leaders failed to reach a budget agreement, Minnesota's state government has shut down. Midmorning gets reaction from around the state. (Midmorning, 07/01/2011)
Minnesota is in the first day of an unprecedented state government shutdown. How long will it last? (Midmorning, 07/01/2011)
Along with members of the public who might be affected by a state government shutdown are approximately 22,000 non-essential state employees who would lose their jobs for an unspecified length of time. (06/30/2011)

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