Minnesota Debates as Long-Term Shut Down Looms

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Minnesota lawmakers will meet again Wednesday to try an settle disputes over the state budget and avoid a long-term government shutdown.

So far, neither side is budging on their requests on taxes and spending. After ending talks on Tuesday, lawmakers revealed no progress had been made.

Currently, Minnesota has a $5 billion budget deficit.

Republican lawmakers produced a budget that cuts spending to close the gap, but Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton wants to raise income taxes on the state's wealthiest residents.

GOP lawmakers are now trying to pass smaller budget bills to reopen parts of the state government -- which Dayton opposes.

Minnesota's state government shutdown started July 1.

The possibility of a long closure is raising the stakes for residents across Minnesota who rely on state money or programs, including new police hires.

Some have taken their case to the state supreme court. A state district judge ordered that programs essential to life, health and public safety continue during the shutdown. The high court will decide which programs qualify.

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