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 -- 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.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants to keep state troopers on the road, guards in prisons and poor Minnesotans receiving health-care payments, but without a state budget in place before July 1 the state would close state parks, suspend the state lottery and stop payments to public schools. Those were among recommendations Dayton made to Ramsey County District court today as his administration prepares for a possible government shutdown. Dayton's proposal would keep 12,350 state workers on the job out of the nearly 40,000 state employees.
ST. PAUL -- The impact of a state government shutdown is in the hands of Minnesota judges. State Attorney General Lori Swanson on Monday laid groundwork for them to become involved if the governor and legislators cannot agree on a budget before July 1.
ST. PAUL -- Dayton administration officials said there were more questions than answers Friday about a potential state government shutdown as more than 40,000 workers received layoff notices. Gov. Mark Dayton's Cabinet met Friday afternoon, without the governor present, to discuss a shutdown.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is gearing up for a government shutdown. Or not. A Wednesday emergency meeting of the 54-campus system's board of trustees resulted in a resolution supporting shutdown preparation.
ST. PAUL -- It is two weeks since the regular Minnesota legislative session adjourned without passing a state budget, and less than four weeks to a potential government shutdown, but Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Larry Howes was furious as seconds ticked away toward the 2011 Minnesota Legislature's adjournment deadline. While the Walker Republican's colleagues in the House debated tiny details of a bill funding outdoors and arts programs, senators were not even meeting.
ST. PAUL -- A special legislative session will be needed to pass the Minnesota budget, but other work was finished during the regular 2011 legislative session with 117 bills sent to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature or veto out of more than 3,000 that senators and representatives introduced. Many of the major issues are unresolved, pending the special session. And many of the smaller issues were embedded in the budget bills Dayton vetoed. Bills not passed this year remain alive when legislators convene their next regular session on Jan.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says it has been "business as usual" in his department, but that is about to change as the state faces what the governor calls a likely government shutdown. Frans said he, like other state commissioners, looked at plans drawn up in 2001 and 2005 when shutdowns loomed. Now state leaders are going beyond dusting off old reports and actually are making plans just in case there is no new budget when money runs out July 1. "We are at the very, very beginning," Gov.