CHICAGO — The political standoff in Minnesota over taxes between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers showed no sign of easing this week after the governor vetoed the two-year budget approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature and officials on Wednesday started planning for a possible shutdown.
Without an agreement by June 30, the government is headed towards a shutdown. The state suffered a partial shutdown for eight days in 2005 when Democrats who controlled the Senate and then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, could not bridge their budgetary divide.