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 -- Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders meet this afternoon to restart budget talks and end the state government shutdown, but there was no hope of quick deal. Dayton asked for the meeting and Senate Republicans confirmed the invitation has been accepted. In the meantime, some former Minnesota government leaders suggested forming a committee of ex-policymakers to work out a budget deal. And today was the day people could begin feeling a shutdown. Friday was the first day, but coming before a holiday weekend government officials said it normally would be a slow day in any case.
ST. PAUL -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov.
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 -- 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.
ST. PAUL -- A retired judge is considering whether the courts should stay open during a government shutdown that could begin Friday. It was one of several Monday developments as legislative leaders and the governor try to negotiate a budget. Also Monday, cities prepared to go to court to keep their state aid flowing and Republican legislative leaders urged that the Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget negotiations are back on today, with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders planning a mid-afternoon gathering in a Senate meeting room. The Senate announced the meeting late this morning, but there was no word about why Sunday's budget talks suddenly broke off. There also was no indication about what leaders would discuss today. The meeting comes as the state faces a Friday government shutdown if no budget is in place.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders today blamed each other for a likely government shutdown on July 1. The governor said a Republican budget lawmakers passed would throw 140,000 Minnesotans of state-funded health-care programs, take away $370 in aid for each special education students and force tuition to rise as much as 12 percent.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's budget talks are at an impasse and two weeks before a potential state government shutdown Gov. Mark Dayton said he does not know how the problem can be resolved. Republican legislative leaders Thursday gave Dayton a proposal that removed $200 million in tax cuts from bills they passed during the regular legislative session and offered to spend the funds in other areas.