The Minnesota Senate has passed bills that would keep state parks open and the State Lottery operating in future state government shutdowns.
One year after winning a bruising election recount, and 11 months into his first term, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he is running for re-election.
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit from Republican state senators who argued that a district court lacked authority to order continued state spending during last summer’s government shutdown.
The state of Minnesota could be in for another budget battle when the next session gets underway.
A Minnesota transportation official said Friday that construction contractors won’t be blocked from claiming losses related to Minnesota’s state government shutdown, despite a last-minute insert in the state budget.
It’s the first day of the Minnesota State Fair and it was hard not to walk a few feet without bumping into a politician.
Minnesota’s state government shutdown boosted the unemployment rate last month as the state lost a net 19,800 jobs, mostly due to the government closure.
Minnesota’s 20-day state government shutdown hurt state revenue collections last month as tax auditors stayed home and lottery sales halted.
Minnesota’s 20-day government shutdown made the national hiring picture in July a little bit gloomier than it would have been otherwise.
The Minnesota state government giveth, and the Minnesota state government taketh away. But in the case of the record 20-day shutdown last month, it also protecteth itself.
The end of the state government shutdown may have led to the shattering of an old record, as Minnesotans flocked to make state park reservations.
Gov. Mark Dayton directed his budget chief Monday to assess how a possible U.S. debt default would affect Minnesota’s finances.
Minnesota state parks resume taking reservations for campsites and cabins at 8 a.m. Tuesday following the state government shutdown.
The budget deal that ended Minnesota’s government shutdown comes with a hefty price: It relies heavily on borrowing $640 million against money from the state’s 1998 tobacco settlement, but might cost that same amount in interest — plus a substantial annual revenue loss for years to come.
As the state works to slowly but surely get back to business after a three-week government shutdown, state parks — and Canterbury Park — are on their way to pre-shutdown operations.