Minnesota budget officials said Tuesday that a 20-day government shutdown in July cost the state nearly $60 million but saved it about $65 million in salaries that weren’t paid to state employees.
Was Minnesota’s 20-day government shutdown a money saver or budget drain?
Jay Cooke State Park on Minnesota’s north shore would be packed with campers on a typical July weekend. But, more than half the camp sites were empty during the weekend when the park, as well as others, reopened after a nearly three-week-long government shutdown.
Gov. Mark Dayton is on the road to tell his side of the budget impasse with Republican lawmakers that has led to a state government shutdown.
After five days of secretive budget negotiations with Republican lawmakers, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that their next meeting will determine whether a state government shutdown can be avoided with just hours to spare.
The budget spat between Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican state lawmakers moved from the Capitol to a courtroom Thursday, with a judge warning that the stalemate threatens a state constitutional crisis with a government shutdown a week away.