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Minnesota losing ground on poverty, income and the number of uninsured

It seems oddly appropriate (and a little inconvenient) that I was out of town at a conference on the day the U.S.

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Proposed constitutional amendment would lead to more bad budgets

Minnesota is still reeling from a contentious legislative session and a state government shutdown. Now some policymakers are advocating for a constitutional amendment that would permanently undermine our ability to arrive at common-sense solutions to balancing the state’s budget.

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Agreement between Governor Dayton and Legislature cuts transit by $54 million

Details of the agreement between Governor Dayton and the Legislature on funding transportation emerged Monday afternoon. The bill includes more than $54 million in reductions to mass transit in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.

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Court rules some social services should be funded during the shutdown

On Wednesday, Judge Kathleen Gearin accepted recommendations from Special Master Kathleen Blatz that a number of social services be funded during the state government shutdown.

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Special Master hearings yield a little good news

More government funding will flow in response to orders issued by Judge Kathleen Gearin on Thursday. The decisions are the result of a series of hearings over the last few days before court-appointed Special Master Kathleen Blatz.

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Court decides what goes, what stays in a state government shutdown

On Wednesday morning, Judge Kathleen Gearin issued her much-anticipated ruling on what government services should continue in the event no state budget is in place on July 1.

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Shutdown gets its day in court, but no ruling yet

The question of how the state would (or would not) function in the event of a government shutdown made its way into a courtroom on Thursday.

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Remembering what’s at stake in the shadow of a shutdown

Since the legislative session ended without a budget in place, much attention has focused on the possibility of a state government shutdown and how it would be implemented. That is especially true today, when the 2nd District Court is holding a hearing on the issue in downtown St. Paul.

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Court process begins for a potential government shutdown

There continues to be little progress towards a budget resolution, and key actions were taken this week to prepare for a government shutdown. Both Attorney General Lori Swanson and Governor Mark Dayton have filed petitions with the court that articulate which government functions should continue in the event of a shutdown.

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