MN Shutdown: More Offers, But No Deal

The Minnesota State government has been shutdown for nearly a week now, and there still seems to be no sign of a deal in the works.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton made two offers to the state Republicans yesterday as a way to bridge the last bit of missing money — a two percent tax on anyone earning more than $1 million a year, to expire in 2013, or a $1 per pack cigarette tax hike.  In both cases, the state would delay K-12 school payments to cover the rest of the funding gap.  The GOP turned down both proposals.

Meanwhile, the state is beginning to suffer under the shutdown, and of course it is the elderly, the poor, the disabled and women who are being most affected.  Nursing homes, hospitals and other state care facilities, although they are staying open, are now running without any oversight or inspections, and services for the less needy are being reduced or cut off all together. Daycares and home care entities can no longer get licenses, starting a backlog of providers who cannot answer the growing needs of the population.   Some battered women shelters are not accepting new residents because they have no more money, and other child care centers are laying off employees because parents can’t afford to keep their children in care now that state subsidies have ended.  Parents of children with disabilities are continuing to see their state support dwindle, and for many, losing that additional support for care could mean losing their own jobs, too.

Republicans continue to argue that they are simply doing what their constituents voted them into office to do.  But even their own voters are starting to revolt, saying this isn’t what they asked for at all.  “My vote included in that mandate never implied that you were to unconditionally support an intransigent partisan position that flatly refused to negotiate or compromise and that ultimately led to the stopping of our state’s legislative heartbeat,” complained one voter in a letter to the editor.

Negotiations are expected to continue today to at least pin down the amount of deferred payments the state will be trying to obtain through their K-12 funding shifts, but other than that little progress is expected.  Each day that the state is shut down, Minnesota is estimated to be losing $1.5 million per day, most of which is not likely to be made up one the state is running again.



William Wesen


SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

I thought that acting out or saying things along the lines of "I'm not going to play unless we do things MY way" was always considered extremely childish. Strange that grown adults who refuse to do the jobs they are paid to do by taxpayers are allowed to get away with this sort of behavior. It's too bad the MN constituents can't impeach these two MN-state Republicans for negligence and incompetence then replace them immediately. Clearly, throwing a tantrum is more important to them than caring for the people they should answer to.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

The proud, the few....the childish and idiotic GOP members who are destroying their state.

Steve W.
Steve W.6 years ago

Well heel it only took one day of a threat of no beer in MN to get them off there ass! Lets take all beer sales out of DC starting Monday and see how fast it makes all the boys MAN UP :-)

Ernie Miller
william Miller6 years ago

Coming to a country or state near you. If you dont wake up the big buisness ran government Will swallw you just like them. Act now before it is too late!

Danny W.
Danny Wilson6 years ago

Repubathugs and Monkeynomics, what a great combination. Throw in a dash of tea brains and what do you get? Stupid 24/7 365 days a year!

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

The Republican Party is hell-bent on distroying this country. We, the American people better wake up soon.

Sharon H.
Sharon H6 years ago

Sarah my sweet!
You again have proven to be the champion of the night! What great intelligence and logic you have. Keep it up!

Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone6 years ago


Deborah L B.
Deborah L Born6 years ago

Grace A. "What are the chances that the private philanthropic sector can at least partly make up for the total failure of the public sector in MN?"

Probably not good. Private charities depend on donations, which, because or the economy, have slowed.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

What are the chances that the private philanthropic sector can at least partly make up for the total failure of the public sector in MN?