West central Minn. lawmakers holding onto slim hope for last-minute deal
WILLMAR -- Most local lawmakers say they are holding out hope, albeit slim, that a last-minute budget agreement can be reached and a state shutdown avoided.
"I'm still optimistic," said Rep. Bruce Vogel. "I'm hopeful we can see some of this stuff resolved."
But the Republican freshman from Willmar admits he is giving the shutdown a 60 percent chance of happening.