With hours to go until state government is set to shutdown, protesters are coming to the Capitol. Faith, labor and nonprofit groups gathered on the front steps to say “Fair Revenue Now!” State workers plan a vigil tonight as about 20,000 stand to lose their jobs in the shutdown.
Individual concerned citizens showed up at the media’s “Camp Impasse” outside of negotiations. One woman sat on the ground holding a sign saying “This Is Wrong” next to a person in a wheelchair. The Capitol will be closed to the public in a shutdown.
Lawmakers and the governor have been meeting on and off all day. Neither have talked directly to the press. The so called “cone of silence” has turned into nearly complete silence. Here’s how it goes: A spokesman comes out and says talks have broken off, nothing further is scheduled, then something gets scheduled. We’re told leaders will speak to the press at some point today. Meanwhile preparation for a shutdown has already begun with state rest stops and parks closing today. And lawmakers are standing by ready for any possible special session.