Minnesota Ends 20-Day Government Shutdown

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Minnesota's state government is poised to re-open after an almost three-week shutdown.  Lawmakers agreed late in the night on a budget. It could mean some 22,000 state workers will return to work as soon as Thursday, and ends a political impasse between Democrat Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders. So what's in the deal, and how will it affect taxpayers? 

We're joined now by Marty Owings, capitol reporter for our affiliate station KFAI, who has been reporting on the shutdown, and Jeff Maday, who works for the Canterbury Park racetrack in Shakopee, Minn. Maday has had to lay off 1000 workers since the shutdown. 

Guests:

Jeff Maday and Marty Owings

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin and Sitara Nieves

Comments [1]

Adam Schenck from Bloomington, Minnesota

Thanks for bringing your attention to the Minnesota budget impasse! What has amazed me aren't the similarities to the national debt ceiling debate, but the contrasts. I have to assume most of the rural Minnesota Republicans don't even know one of the 7,700 Minnesotans who make more than $1 million a year, who would be taxed at a higher rate under Governor Dayton's plan. Yet it's these same rural GOPers going to bat for purely ideological reasons, such as the belief that "government is just too big." It makes me shake my head that these Minnesotans would sooner imitate a low-growth Deep South state instead of stay true to the compassionate tradition this state has had on both the left and right.

Jul. 20 2011 11:54 AM

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