In Minnesota, time ebbs to avert gov't shutdown

June 29, 2011 - 4:59 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's governor and top lawmakers are sequestered for a sixth straight day of budget negotiations as a possible state government shutdown looms Friday.

Gov. Mark Dayton and opposition Republicans came under added pressure Wednesday to break an impasse over the $5 billion deficit. A judge issued a bare-bones list of services that must be maintained during a shutdown.

That means voter anger is likely to be greater as the shutdown effects are felt more widely.

Critical functions like police, prison guards, disaster responses and other things will still be funded. But state parks and rest stops will close, driver's licenses will be harder to get and some popular programs like child-care aid will be suspended.

It would be Minnesota's second government shutdown in six years.