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 -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators when they took office at the start of the year shut down state government today. A judge who ordered some state programs to continue operating called the situation a "constitutional crisis." Any hope of a last-minute budget deal evaporated about 10 p.m., when Dayton appeared to say he and Republicans were still fundamentally divided over how much the state should spend the next two years and that he saw no chance of avoiding a shutdown.
ST. PAUL -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators when they took office at the first of this year will result in a government shutdown Friday.
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.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota government shutdown became more likely Wednesday with each tick of the clock. Budget talks ended late Wednesday after six straight days of meetings without a deal to break an impasse over the $5 billion deficit. "We do not have a deal," Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel, R-Edina, said just before 10 p.m. Gov. Mark Dayton and some legislative leaders had said Wednesday was the latest a budget deal could be completed and still have time to call 200 legislators back to the Capitol in a special session today to either pass the full budget or a temporary 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 today ordered the state to follow a list presented two weeks ago by Gov. Mark Dayton that would keep more than a third of the state's nearly 40,000 workers on the job even without a budget. "The executive branch agencies will not have sufficient funds to carry out their core functions," Gearin wrote about the lack of a budget.
ST. PAUL -- A Ramsey County judge ordered some of Minnesota's executive branch to remain operational if there is a partial government shutdown Friday, following what earlier this month Gov.
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. Legislative leaders and experts in some budget areas also continued to meet.
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.
Three days remain before a potential state government shutdown and negotiators still are saying little about budget talks while their aides are arguing about whether letters are political. Gov.