Looking California, Feeling Minnesota
Even the folks in D.C. avoided this bullet: The government of Minnesota is on the brink of shutdown after budget talks “imploded” late Thursday night. In order to close the $5 billion deficit, Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, hoped to raise taxes on the state’s highest earners—ameasure which the Republican legislature would not allow. Although the governor and Republican leaders had previously been negotiating, they had been out of talks for several hours on Thursday night, and one senate Democrat said that all hope for a deal had seemed to “disintegrate.” Only Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee have had government shutdowns in the past decade. Minnesota is the only state at risk this year.