Friday, July 01, 2005

Minnesota government shuts down

I haven't been over to Power Line or Captain's Quarters yet this morning, but I have noted some "issues" up in their State this morning:

::::::::Minnesota's government shut down Friday for the first time in state history after lawmakers failed to pass a temporary spending plan and left 9,000 employees jobless and highway rest stops unattended for the July Fourth weekend.

The shutdown came at midnight after lawmakers failed late Thursday to pass a temporary spending plan to keep the government up and running. The Senate adjourned 20 minutes after Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he hoped the two sides could agree on a stopgap measure to keep the state's doors open for 10 more days.

"I'd like to say I'm sorry to the people of Minnesota," said Republican state Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake. "This is disgusting."

Many states often miss their deadline for enacting new budgets. But Minnesota, unlike other states, has no law that automatically extends spending past the end of its fiscal year if a new budget is not approved.

I'm not sure what the holdup is but I'm sure partisan politics is at the heart of it. Check over at those 2 worthy sites for details during the day. They're right in the middle of it.