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Gov. Mark Dayton speaks during a press conference hours before the midnight deadline to pass a budget at the Minnesota State Capitol Thursday, June 30, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn. (AP)
Gov. Mark Dayton speaks during a press conference hours before the midnight deadline to pass a budget at the Minnesota State Capitol Thursday, June 30, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn. (AP)

Here & Now Guest:

  • Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio political reporter

The Minnesota state government is shut down today after the state's GOP and its Democratic governor failed to reach agreement over a budget impasse. The state faces a 5 billion dollar shortfall over the next two years. Governor Dayton's final offer included a tax increase on those making more than $1 million a year. Republican leaders rejected the offer, saying it still leaves the state with unsustainable budgets.

This segment aired on July 1, 2011.

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