The governor offered to drop "tax the rich" in favor of other tax increases. GOP didn't bite. Updated Jul. 12, 2011
A budget impasse between Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP led to a shutdown of state government in Minnesota.
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"I think we ought to shut down the government for a year," said the former Marine, standing at the Elks Lodge bar on bingo night. "It really hasn't had any impact."
There are lots of towns like Hutchinson across Minnesota, scarcely touched so far by the shutdown, now in its 12th day. Court-ordered spending has kept money flowing to enough bedrock services -- from schools to courts to health programs -- that many here hardly worry whether the shutdown will continue.
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"If this thing goes to the State Fair," said Rep. Larry Howes, "it will probably go to January."
Barriers in front of Capitol.
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A list of which services are still available and which aren't since the state government shutdown began last week.
The most serious damage was at Afton State Park, east of the Twin Cities, where 12 people were taken into custody after a burglary and vandalism spree at three buildings.
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The shutdown has cut funding for thousands of Minnesotans' quality of life -- from child care to housing help.
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Nick Wright of New Hope packed up his family's campsite at William O'Brien State Park minutes before the scheduled 4 p.m. closing of the park due to a government shutdown Thursday.
Mike Allen of St. Paul picketed at the Capitol Friday. He said he supports Gov. Dayton, “because the people who will get hurt the most don’t have a voice.”
Minnesotans look ahead with worry, disgust as budget talks break for the weekend. After the acrimony of an unraveled accord, legislators "hit the refresh button."
Heidi Mendiola, left, discussed weekend plans with her husband, Mike, while Heidi’s son, Jace Edington, 6, ate at their home in Coon Rapids on Friday. Mike’s job at the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety was cut as a result of the shutdown. Heidi said that though it’s convenient for him to be home for Jace and their 2-year-old, Caden, “the loss of income far exceeds any benefit.”
The roughly 24,000 state workers cut off from their jobs after Friday's government shutdown are being asked to apply for unemployment benefits on a staggered basis, state official said.
Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz presides over a hearing in St. Paul on Friday as Minnesota residents and groups with money in limbo during the indefinite state government shutdown pleaded with her to keep their programs afloat.
A reprise of the May PR battle has begun, with liberal, conservative and labor groups likely to buy ads.
Dayton renewed his call to tax the rich; GOP pointed to harm of long-term debt. The governor and legislative leaders worked into the evening in a last-ditch bid for resolution.
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