After six months of disagreement and seven days of intense negotiations, the Minnesota state government shut down at midnight on 1 july! Gov. Mark Dayton (Democrats) and the Republican-controlled legislature have been in a standoff since the beginning of the legislative session over how to close a projected $5 billion budget deficit.

What is this mean? Only core government functions will continue while the government is shuttered, and those are s public safety, welfare programs, care for residents in state facilities (including prisons), preservation of the government financial system and necessary administration functions (for example, payments and computer system maintenance).  The result? About twenty thousands state workers are officially laid off;

It’s the second shutdown in six years in the state. The last one came in 2005, under former governor Tim Pawlenty — now a Republican presidential candidate.

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