Minnesota State Government Shuts Down
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota state government has shut down for the second time in six years after political leaders couldn't agree on how to solve a $5 billion budget deficit.
Talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans fell apart well before a midnight deadline. Dayton demanded tax increases on top earners, but the GOP refused.
The effects of the shutdown were being felt even before the final failure, as the state padlocked parks and rest areas. The full impact will hit Friday, with thousands of state employees laid off and a wide array of services suspended.
Critical functions like state troopers, prison guards, the courts and disaster responses will continue.
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