Talks between Governor Mark Dayton and Republican Legislative leaders have been few and far between, since the state government shutdown began. When the two sides finally do meet face-to-face again that might happen here in St. Cloud.
A sudden summer vacation is bringing no pleasure to the 22,000 public employees idled by Minnesota's state government shutdown. And some of those workers say they can't hold on without paychecks for very long.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republican lawmakers have restarted negotiations over Minnesota's unfinished budget, with a far-reaching government shutdown in its fifth day. But no deal is in sight.
Two senior statesmen of Minnesota politics have stepped forward to try to help end the state government shutdown. Former Gov. Arne Carlson and former Vice President Walter Mondale announced Tuesday an independent commission designed to resolve Minnesota's budget deadlock.