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With time nearly running out to reach a budget deal, Governor Mark Dayton’s attorney David Lillehaug said “this is going to be a tough shutdown.”  He was reacting to a judge’s ruling to keep limited state services running.  Lillehaug added

 

With time nearly running out to reach a budget deal, Governor Mark Dayton’s attorney David Lillehaug said “this is going to be a tough shutdown.”  He was reacting to a judge’s ruling to keep limited state services running.  Lillehaug added “Nobody who reads this order can say it’s a soft landing.” 

The governor was pleased former Justice Kathleen Blatz was appointed as a special master since he had suggested her as a mediator.  Dayton later said in a statement “Let me be clear: I would much prefer to find a fair and balanced budget solution, rather than a government shutdown.  I am continuing to work toward a compromise needed to move forward.” 

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“On behalf of the nearly 60,000 Minnesotans and their families who rely on dedicated caregivers for daily care and support, we are relieved by the court’s ruling,” said Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO of Aging Services of Minnesota. “However, a shutdown will not be pain-free. We need a responsible state budget that will protect Minnesota’s most vulnerable adults.”  

“There is no doubt that cities dodged a major bullet this morning that may have crippled communities” was the reaction from Nancy Carroll Park Rapids Mayor and President of the Coalition of Greater MN Cities.   “It is just as important that the final budget compromise does not impose yet another round of cuts to cities that will result in higher property taxes for families and businesses and make communities less competitive for retaining and growing jobs.”  

“Judge Gearin’s finding confirms what we have always known: that funding for public safety–police officers and firefighters–is essential to our city and our state,” said St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.  “This resolution provides a level of certainty that police, firefighters, parks and libraries in Saint Paul will remain operating in the event of a state government shutdown.”

“Faced with the choice of following this constitutional mandate or undermining other sections of the Minnesota Constitution creating the Executive branch, Judge Gearin made the best of a bad situation.” Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) added “She deferred to the Governor’s definition of the core functions of his branch of government, and did not give the special master authority to stray beyond that limited definition.  She respected the separation of powers as best she could.”