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 -- A Ramsey County judge ordered some of Minnesota's executive branch to remain operational if there is a partial government shutdown Friday, following what earlier this month Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Today is the day for a state budget deal, key negotiators say, if one is possible before a Friday government shutdown. "We recognize time is growing short," Gov. Mark Dayton said when leaving budget talks Tuesday.
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 -- Minnesota's top politicians resume talks today after Gov. Mark Dayton refused a chance to offer hope that state government will remain open when the budget runs out Friday. "Either one is possible, either we will or we won't," Dayton said about a shutdown. "I'm not going to lay odds on that." The Democratic governor's comments came after a Monday meeting of less than an hour with the top two Republican legislators.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget talks mysteriously ended Sunday afternoon, and negotiators refused to say why they broke off as the state faces a potential Friday government shutdown. "Until we have come to completion on the budget" those involved will not talk, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said. Republican spokesmen said they knew of no further meetings planned among Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton, legislators and their staffs scurried to and fro throughout Friday and by the night the top budget negotiators said they made progress trying to avoid a government shutdown. "We had a very constructive day," Gov. Mark Dayton said of the day-long budget talks and negotiators plan to continue marathon negotiations today. The Democratic governor and legislative leaders refused to give details, but said after leaving the meeting Friday night that they had reached agreements on parts of many bills.
ST. PAUL -- A judge left no doubt today that if she allows the state to spend money without a budget, the authority will be limited and only granted because she has no other choice. Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County also took time to lecture the governor and lawmakers to complete a budget before a potential government shutdown on July 1 because "we are in a horrible, horrible dilemma." Gearin is expected to decide Friday if she will allow spending if Gov.