Closed captioning of: Minnesota state government shuts down
this may sound familiar, democratic and republican lawmakers in a stand-off over the budget and neither side wants to budge. tonight in minnesota, the stand-off has turned into a shutdown. here's
as the holiday weekend begins,
minnesota state parks
and campgrounds are locked shut.
we decided to come out here one last time. we heard it was going to shut down, so we got out here at 3:30 to go swimming one more time.
also closed? state offices like driver's license exam stations, highway rest stops, even the
. 23,000 state workers are laid off. all because the republican-controlled
and the democratic governor can't agree on closing a projected two-year, $5 billion deficit. governor
says any deal has to raise taxes.
the republicans insist that inequality continue so that millionaires do not have to pay $1 more in taxes.
like their counterparts, minnesota say savings should only come from spending cuts.
this is about shutting down government for a political purpose. very disappointing.
says at least 30 states began the current budget season with deficits totalling more than $86 billion.
the fact that this fiscal crisis affecting state budgets has gone on for well over three years means that the decisions about what to do get harder each year.
as the economy improves, there may be different kinds of fighting. in
, republican governor
and republican lawmakers are fighting over where higher than expected revenue should go, to restore spending cuts or cut taxes. a problem many governors and lawmakers would probably love to have right now.
, nbc news, chicago.