Minnesota Shutdown Affecting Local Businesses

Monday, July 04, 2011

State Legislators in Minnesota failed to agree on a budget last week causing massive disruption to services and the closure of many parks, public spaces and July 4th events organized over the holiday weekend. This includes the Minnesota Racing Commission, which governs race tracks in the state – forcing them to close for one of their busiest weekends of the year.

 

Jeff Maday works for the Canterbury Park racetrack in Shakopee Minnesota — one of the city’s biggest employers. On Saturday a judge denied their motion to re-open in time for the holiday racing leaving over a thousand members of staff without work this weekend and many visitors unable to attend their Independence day activities.

Guests:

Jeff Maday

Comments [2]

Don Cheloha

Both the Democratic governor and the Republican representatives are attempting to live up to campaign promises. The governor to tax the richest Minnesotans at a level approximating that paid by the middle class.

The GOP has adamently said no increased taxes and would rather defer aid to education etc.

The governor was willing to compromise and back off half way on tax for the rich. The GOP still said no.

Compromise is necessary and is the normal way such issues are resolved.

Get real and get something done.

Jul. 05 2011 10:36 AM
Charles

"State Legislators in Minnesota failed to agree on a budget last week causing massive disruption..."

That's an essentially misleading statement.

The Minnesota state House and Senate have passed budgets. "Legislators" have done their jobs. It is the Democrat governor, Mark Dayton, who has refused to sign off on any budget, because he wants a mix of increased taxes added to the budget.

The Takeaway should be more careful. Or peharps The Takeaway is being careful, and that it carefully avoided all mention of Gov. Dayton's tax-inceasing intransigence. In that case, The Takeaway is all too "careful" and just not fair.

Jul. 04 2011 09:54 AM

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