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Minnesota Judge Orders Budget Officials To Continue ‘Critical Core Functions’ In The Event Of Government Shutdown

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Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin ordered state budget officials to continue funding for “critical core functions” if Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and the Republican legislature fail to reach a budget agreement by July 1. The Minnesota government has been at a standstill ever since Dayton vetoed the Republicans’ budget proposal refusing any tax increases for the wealthiest Minnesotans. Experts estimate that the shutdown could cost the deficit-ridden state millions of dollars in lost productivity, delays and financial penalties.

-Jen Kalaidis