Minnesota Legislature: Minnesota's Budget Crisis

Advocates for the disabled were surprised to find new policies for group homes included in the state budget bill passed last week — policies they said were never publicly discussed or debated by lawmakers, state officials, or the governor. (07/26/2011)
The online reservations system for Minnesota state parks reopens Tuesday morning, nearly a month after closing for the state government shutdown. (07/26/2011)
Some state employees returning to work Monday received a handshake and thank-you from Gov. Mark Dayton. (07/25/2011)
Some Democrats are upset that DFL Gov. Mark Dayton gave up his push for higher taxes on the state's wealthiest residents, while some Republicans wanted deeper cuts in state spending. (07/22/2011)
State road contractors say they fear they'll have an unpleasant surprise waiting for them as they start work again after the state's shutdown. (07/22/2011)
Earlier this month, some important folks in the finance and credit business in New York gave Minnesota a bit of a spanking. That was even before there was a budget deal to review. But it's happened before. (07/22/2011)
While state employees are returning to work after a 20-day layoff, the judge who heard arguments for funding programs during the shutdown said her job is done. (07/21/2011)
For the past seven months, jobs and the state budget were atop of the discussion for Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers. But did they deliver on jobs? (07/21/2011)
Minneapolis city officials said they will have to cut jobs, road paving projects and money set aside for property tax relief to make up for more than a $23 million reduction in state aid. (07/21/2011)
With the exception of the restaurant and lodge and a few cabins at the park, officials say visitors are welcome to return. (07/21/2011)
After three weeks of a government shutdown during which more than 20,000 state workers sat at home laid off, and state parks, rest stops and countless other operations sat idle, many Minnesotans are angry the people they elected to balance the state budget failed to do so. (07/20/2011)
As the Legislature is about to begin a special session to settle the state's budget, the revenue department issues a release stating that Local Government Aid checks be delayed until at least July 27. (07/20/2011)
Minnesota's government restart brings the reopening of state parks and other services. (07/20/2011)
The budget bills Gov. Mark Dayton signed Wednesday will likely translate to reduced funding to some departments and cuts to the state workforce by 6 percent. (07/20/2011)
Education officials across the state spent the day poring over the $13.6 billion dollar K-12 education bill that Gov. Dayton signed today. The central provision is a $700 million delay in state aid payments for schools. But it also includes a host of other changes that will affect how schools operate over the next few years. (07/20/2011)

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