Minnesotans Give Lawmakers Earful over Shutdown

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Minnesota lawmakers got an earful from constituents at Monday's Fourth of July celebrations, day four of the state government's shutdown.

Some expressed support while others shouted accusations.

Sen. Ted Daley, one of 19 newly elected Republican legislators, and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton have been butting heads for months over the state budget.

The Republican-controlled legislature wants to limit spending to $34 billion, the amount the state expects to bring in over the next two years. The governor wants to raise income taxes to meet the growing demand for state services.

The state is dealing with a very large deficit. State parks and industries, like logging, have been shut down because there's no funding to keep public lands open.

Republicans argue that voters gave them a mandate to deal with the deficit by limiting spending rather than raising taxes.

But the governor rejected their proposal, a dispute that led to last Thursday's shutdown -- the second in six years.

The governor advised legislators to talk to their constituents over the holiday weekend.

At Monday's parade, Daley heard both praise and criticism. One man told him, "get back to work," while another said, "Good job, Ted."

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