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