July 1st, 2011
09:10 AM ET

Minnesota government shuts down

The Minnesota government was forced to shut down Friday for the second time in six years after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement before a midnight Thursday deadline.

Gov. Mark Dayton held a news conference to announce an impasse in budget talks two hours before the deadline.

"This is a night of deep sorrow for me," Dayton said.

The governor, a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1.9% of Minnesotans, as well as cut spending.

Republicans accused the governor of giving up too soon.

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  1. First

    Shouldn't it say "comments are closed"?

    July 1, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      During the interview, why didn't you offer to call the governor instead of JUST trying to get a response that the government wasn't working this weekend? It would be nice to see CNN take a "proactive" approach.

      July 2, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Let's just give more billions in foreign aid and shut down all 50 state governments. Hey that's a solution. @First-I guess the bloggers are taking an early weekend R&R. LOL

    July 1, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Maybe fmr. Governor Jesse 'the body' Ventura can front Minnisota some of the cash he's raking in pretending like he's getting to the truth about 9/11 on his TV show.

    July 1, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    We need to give you *your* own show, Philip.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    Not to mention that he also covers other conspiracy theories.
    But I didn't mention it!

    July 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    That's what I'm saying. Rather than presenting the cold-hard evidence uncovered by a multutude of expert and professionals doing their own independant investigations (my fav is http://www.firefightersfor911truth.org) those like Ventura profit by keeping the mystery alive...profit from other people's misery. These types do the same sort of thing with all kinds of mysteries. Like even though it was discovered over 30 years ago exactly how ancient Egyptians built the pyramids, by keepong the mystery alive even though it's been solved, they bank.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    This is going on all over the nation,& in DC even as we speak. Note how adimant GOP'ers are to keep the rich, rich across the board. Take all the necessities, incl. education, away from the majority, & let the minority rule. This is facism rearing it's ugly head in the good ol' US of A . The gov. is trying to keep the "mystery" alive by pretending to "balance budgets"!!

    July 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    And Ford bought the patent on a water run engine years ago. What the hell is the point of all this?

    Knowing all of this is not making my life any better...sometimes my little bubble of ignorance serves to keep me sane.
    I don't need to have every mystery revealed to me; sometimes it's more fun just to *wonder*.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    Hey fernace when pawlenty was in charge people was working just like anytime a republican in office more than
    What i can about the dum demmies

    July 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    Hey gung ho, HUH??

    July 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    @ banasy, that is true! Sometimes ignorance Is bliss, unless we take those mind numbing drugs Phillip discussed on another blog!

    July 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy


    SEE!!! I *knew* he talked about it!!

    Ha! I win! (High-fives myself)

    I'm acting like a little kid tonight.
    I *would* say I'm sorry, but I'm not!

    July 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rose

    Wow... this blog is like a 3 ring circus. Thanks Kids 🙂

    July 2, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |