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ABM to target GOP legislators with ads on shutdown anniversary

The group announced plans on Wednesday to run newspaper and online ads in targeted legislative districts in rural and suburban Minnesota for the first week of July, the one-year aniversary of the first week of the historic shuttering of state government in the state, when DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-led Legislature battled out a solution to the state's $5 billion budget deficit.

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MMB: Net cost of three-week government shutdown around $5 million

The net cost to the state of July's three-week partial government shutdown came to roughly $5 million, according to a report released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget. During that time, Minnesota lost some $50 million in revenues that the state cannot recover, spent nearly $10.5 million in costs related to unemployment insurance, and spent another $10 million on special expenses associated with closing and then reopening many state services. But that $70 million or so in costs was largely offset by $65 million in payroll savings from the salaries of 19,000 laid-off state employees.

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And the deed is done: Dayton signs budget bills to end shutdown

After a seven-month standoff between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature that produced an unprecedented three-week government shutdown, the state budget impasse came to a rapid conclusion this week as the House and Senate worked through the night on Tuesday to pass a set of budget bills during a one-day special session. Dayton responded just as quickly, signing the legislation in a ceremony at his office at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Shutdown hearing: No ruling, but Gearin signals hard landing ahead

When the throng of observers showed up at Ramsey County District Court on Thursday morning, filling the court of Judge Kathleen Gearin and spilling into the hallway outside the chamber’s open doors, most felt confident that Gearin would concoct some variation on the shutdown operations plan created by the courts in 2005 -- and that, by day’s end, they would know in general terms what gets funded in a shutdown and what does not.

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