It’s the 11th day of the state government shutdown and there are no new talks scheduled between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers. A lot of people say they need the shutdown to be over soon so they can get on with their lives.
Since the shutdown has canceled any type of camping at State Parks, some have decided to camp out on Minnesota’s capitol lawn.
Gov. Mark Dayton and others are taking part in a prayer day outside the Minnesota Capitol on Thursday.
Lawmakers’ fight over taxes and spending spilled out during a contentious committee hearing Wednesday that demonstrated the wide divide between Republicans and Democrats working to plug a $5 billion deficit in Minnesota’s state budget.
Security at the Minnesota Capitol and surrounding buildings should be improved, said a report released Friday that avoided taking a position on the much debated issue of whether to add metal detectors.
Firefighters in full response gear will be roaming the halls of the State Capitol but it’s not because of any emergency.
Religious leaders from around Minnesota are gathering at the Capitol to meet with state lawmakers on issues including poverty, taxation, human rights and health care.
Abortion opponents including Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann are protesting at the Minnesota State Capitol Saturday on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
Gov. Mark Dayton is directing his staff and asking top lawmakers to review security measures at the Minnesota Capitol in the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting at a public official’s event in Arizona.