There are seven hours left until state government shuts down. Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders still don’t have a budget deal.
The Minnesota State Capitol is now closed to the public. Capitol Security officers escorted protesters, citizens and lobbyists to the exit doors at 5pm. Everyone cooperated with Capitol Security.
Security guards also locked the doors to the Capitol and are standing guard at certain doorways.
State officials announced that the State Capitol complex will be closed to the public. Only essential personnel, lawmakers, Gov. Dayton and the news media will be allowed in. Capitol Security says committee hearings and floor sessions will be open to the public if and when they’re scheduled.