Do you think a stalemate at the legislature will lead a shutdown of the state government?

“If lawmakers can’t work out their differences on education, jobs and energy, and agriculture and environment funding bills by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the state will face a partial government shutdown,” writes MPR News reporter Catharine Richert. “The spending in the bills accounts for about 43 percent of the state’s two-year general fund budget.”

“In the meantime, government workers will start getting layoff notices on June 1,” she continued.

Today’s Question: Do you think a stalemate at the legislature will lead a shutdown of the state government?

  • PaulJ

    Narcissists aren’t going home when there’s a chance to hold other’s attention.

  • John Dilligaf

    If the governor keeps moving the goalposts, maybe so.

  • lindblomeagles

    If my recollection is correct, the government did shut down during Dayton’s first term. He and the Republicans supposedly came out of that fiasco with a much better understanding of how important government services were to Minnesota, and a pledge to work together to avoid a repeater. Yet, from what I’m reading, it sounds like both camps are dug in again, so if there was going to be a shut down, this would be the year for one.

  • Stars ans Stripes

    This is a reality check for both parties right now, and a wake up call to voters/tax payers!

  • MyDocMN

    According to the law_ it is the Governor’s sole power to sign or not sign and by not signing the bill, HE, the Governor, is the one responsible for any closing down parts of the government..closing only the unnecessary spending portions at least.
    The Democrats work on affordable health care worked well and didn’t cost us hundreds of millions in loss from faulty services, crap IT companies, poor logistics with health care providers? Sure did….more waste, no accountability. This is why I am no longer a naive Democrat supporter..we won’t be fooled again..Thats the MN message to Hillary.. Hillary is really a prime example of useless choice. Her scandals and avoidance shows her as one of the career politician elites. Maybe it is time we find non career politicians to lead. Dr.Ben Carson isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade or for a better term for the weak and politically correct ones, ” call a Jack_ a Jack” 🙂 Carson could change the country to make America strong again instead of relying on the failed Hillary and Barrack’s lack of foreign and domestic policy. ISIS laughs every day as they take over another country and murder innocents while we stand by watching genocide. Dayton refusal to work across the aisle is just like Barrack’s narcissism and lack of leadership skills..sad.

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      Dr, Carson was a great neurosurgeon without doubt. But he should stay out of politics. His alignment with the delusional religious conservatives and his derogatory statements about gay people pretty much disqualify him. He is unelectable by any rational measure.

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      You should join the military and fight ISIS, a wonderful way to to put your money where your mouth is.

      • MyDocMN

        yes you are correct_ 25 yrs service..been there, done that…and it makes me sick to see what we sacrificed for ISIS now in control of half the country.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    There is absolutely NO reason for a government shutdown. There is money in the pot, and the differences between the governor and Republicans should not be that hard to overcome. Return citizen oversight to the PCA–a no brainer there–even for right-wingers who don’t trust government in the first place. Buffer strips along waterways–another no brainer to protect public water resources.

  • Pearly

    Won’t this be Dayton’s second time shutting down government?

  • Gary F

    We have always been told the BIPARTISIANSHIP was the key. Well, the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans came up with a deal. Sign the bill.

  • Scott

    It is always interesting that both sides of the political coin expect their own side to never compromise, but believe the other side is blatantly wrong to not instantly cave in.

  • James

    There will not be a shutdown. They are arguing about how to spend a surplus. There will be a little bit of brinkmanship and then, just in time, there will be an agreement which will cost taxpayers too much. I sort of liked Dayton until this year. He now seems to have gone nuts (more nuts?) Time to elect a moderate Republican governor without national aspirations.

  • bob hicks

    Odd question. We have no way of knowing whether or not there will be a shutdown.

  • bearcase

    There is no reason for a shutdown. Did no one learn anything from 2011? Dayton may not be worried because he is not up for re-election, but is he truly doing what is best for the state as a whole?