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Resources for Information on the Possible Government Shutdown

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As the July 1 deadline for the governor and legislature to come up with a budget solution draws nearer, many people are wondering how a government shutdown could affect them. In addition to the previous post highlighting the two different petitions filed by the Attorney General and Governor Dayton, there are several other great resources for information on this topic.

Some good sources for people writing about the shutdown include the hashtag on Twitter #mnshutdown, MPR's Capitol View blog, local newspapers' state/local politics sections (in the Twin Cities metro area, check out the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press), and Politics in Minnesota's The Briefing Room (some articles require subscription). You can also check out the Republican Party of Minnesota's blog and the Minnesota DFL Party's website.

And finally, here is the list of critical services (or core functions) that Governor Dayton has put forth in his request for continued funding during a government shutdown.

Budget Talk Update
So far, the legislature has offered to remove their $230 million in tax cuts from their budget proposal if the governor removes his tax increases. Governor Dayton did not approve of this new proposal because he wants the legislature to increase spending from $34 billion. In turn, the governor proposed reducing his tax increases on top earners by half as his compromise; however, the legislature did not approve of his plan because it was too vague on spending. In addition to this, according to MPR there is at least one Republican senator meeting with Governor Dayton to try to come up with a compromise behind the scenes.

Also, petitions have been entering the courts since the original two petitions filed by the Attorney General and the governor. Four Republican senators filed petitions on Monday and Tuesday in both the state's Supreme Court and Ramsey County District Court asking that the courts refrain from ordering continued funding during a shutdown, due to the unconstitutionality of this action. The two congressional houses have also come up with an official resolution concerning the funding of services during the shutdown, and petitions were filed in support of or opposition to Governor Dayton's and the Attorney Generals petitions by organizations such as Ramsey County, The Minnesota Hospital Association, Hennepin County, The Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, The Minnesota Workforce Council Association, and Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, among others.

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