Minnesota government shuts down as budget talks stall
July 1st, 2011
07:59 AM ET
3 years ago

Minnesota government shuts down as budget talks stall

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - A budget stalemate forced a virtual full shut down of the Minnesota government on Friday and left only a limited array of state services in operation over the busy holiday weekend.

Visitors won't be able to go to the state parks or the zoo, and travelers will find the highway rest stops shuttered. Road construction projects will cease, as will licensing for teachers and businesses.

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  1. Squigman

    And just think, it could have been avoided if a republican had not been appointed to office in 2000.

    July 1, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Oh yes, the paw man's legacy continues in MN and he thinks he can be president!! :)
    The flake obviously has nothing to do with this, but I am surprised she didn't have a "vision" of what was to happen and step in with her incredibel knowledge of history and her religious mumble humble.

    July 1, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Anthony

    A Democratic governor taking over for a Republican with his state in a mountain of debt, and the Republican-controlled legislature refusing to raise taxes to balance the budget, forcing a government shutdown. We have seen this movie before. It is called "Groundhog Day." Democrats can take comfort from history. The last time Republicans forced a government shutdown, at the national level, President Clinton won re-election.

    July 1, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Boy – Pawlenty sure left that state in wonderful shape, didn't he? He ran it into the ground, had a bridge collapse, and moved on before his term was up (kinda like $arah) to get out and denigrate our President.

    He should save his money in this election cycle and hide his face in shame.

    July 1, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This is the legacy of Tim Pawlenty, the larger ideological problem that all Republicans have. Minnesota's annual budget is several billion short because his executive decisions to used allotments set aside for health care and education to fund tax cuts. The state survived the past two years due federal aid in the form of Stimulus spending.

    July 1, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. Democrat Tax and Spend Forever?

    I suppose it would be silly to criticize the governor for refusing to sign a stop gap to keep things running? Oh, yeah, I forgot, he's a Democrat, so that wouldn't make much sense to liberals here. Seems like the running strategy is to deflect and blame when accountability comes into play. This boils down to the same flawed thinking by liberals. Need more money, raise taxes, spend more money, need more money, raise taxes, spend more money. The average American knows better.

    July 1, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |