Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL - Minnesotans woke up to fog along Lake Superior and sweltering heat in the south. Many headed out for a four-day holiday weekend while others just headed to work. But more than 20,000 state workers are off the job, laid off by the state's worst-ever government shutdown, and many headed to apply for unemployment insurance. On the first day of Minnesota's shutdown, there was no hint that budget negotiations could resume any time soon. Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislative leaders bought themselves some budget negotiating time today by summoning their members to the Capitol, but by evening Republicans were pleading with the governor to call them back into session to pass a temporary budget as off-and-on talks appeared to fall short of a deal. Democratic Gov.
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ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota government shutdown became more likely Wednesday with each tick of the clock. Budget talks ended late Wednesday without a deal to avert the shutdown. "We do not have a deal," Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel, R-Edina, said just before 10 p.m. Gov. Mark Dayton went home, but his staff remained to work on the budget.
ST. PAUL -- State troopers and prison guards will remain on duty, and most state-funded health-care programs will continue during a state shutdown, but parks and most state child-care programs would close. Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County District Court Wednesday ordered the state to follow a list presented two weeks ago by Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A judge this morning ordered part of the Minnesota executive branch to remain operating even if there is no budget in place Friday. Failure to fund the executive branch, even for a short time, "nullifies these constitutional offices, which in turn contravenes the Minnesota Constitution," Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County wrote. She appointed former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz as "special master," who will make specific recommendations about what would be funded.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders sequestered themselves this morning for what was described as a final run at making a budget deal to avoid a Friday government shutdown. On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said that today is the last chance for action since a special legislative session is needed to approve any deal.
ST. PAUL -- Today is the day for a state budget deal, key negotiators say, if one is possible before a Friday government shutdown. "We recognize time is growing short," Gov. Mark Dayton said when leaving budget talks Tuesday.