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 -- 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 -- Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders sequestered themselves this morning for what was described as a final run at making a budget deal to avoid a Friday government shutdown. On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said that today is the last chance for action since a special legislative session is needed to approve any deal.
ST. PAUL -- Nearly everyone involved in budget negotiations is new to the process, providing a key reason why the budget impasse is going down to the wire. "Each of the leaders in this struggle is new," former Rep. Phil Krinkie said. "Dayton is a first-time governor with little or no executive leadership experience. Both Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers are new to their positions as well.
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 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 -- 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 -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's relatively late entry into the presidential race is raising Iowa eyebrows. When she officially announces her candidacy in Waterloo, Iowa, Monday, she will join an already-crowded field. More importantly in the first caucus state, she has not hired an Iowa staff. "Unlike fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty, who is arguably her chief competition in Iowa, Bachmann has yet to open an office here or reveal details about campaign staff," the Des Moines Register reports.
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 -- Democratic Gov.