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Wardlow, Daley to talk to constituents at Eagan's July 4th Funfest

Local legislators disappointed by shutdown.

Rep. Doug Wardlow (R-District 38B) said Friday that he’s disappointed in the state government shutdown, but that Republicans should have seen signs of the impending event earlier.

“I don’t understand why we had to shut down the government,” Wardlow said.

Wardlow, who will be in Eagan this weekend talking with constituents at the Eagan’s July 4th Funfest, said he hopes that a “robust, wide-ranging” discussion about government can take place -- about what it is for, how big it should be and how it should function, he said.

“Now it’s up to (Gov. Mark Dayton) to call a special session,” Wardlow said.

Sen. Ted Daley (R-District 38), who will also be at the Funfest this weekend, expressed simliar thoughts. He said Republicans did their due diligence to pass a budget, and he had felt hopeful that both sides could solve their differences. But Daley also said he accepts responsibility for the impasse.

"No one wants a government shutdown," he said.

Dayton told MPR News on Friday that budget negotiations between himself and GOP lawmakers need a “breather.”

The governor said he is willing to listen to proposals and even meet with Republican leaders over the weekend but if no offers were made he would “reach out” to them sometime on Tuesday.

The governor met with DFL leaders around 9 a.m Friday but details of the talks are being kept strictly confidential. According to KSTP-TV, Dayton has been in his office all day working on a compromise deal.

After weeks of intense negotiations, capped by closed-door sessions through the waning minutes of June 30, Dayton and Republican lawmakers failed to agree on an operating budget for the 2011-13 biennium.

The proposed budgets from the governor and GOP lawmakers remain separated by $1.4 billion.

Keep up with more local coverage of the government shutdown .

Deb M July 02, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Why call a special session when NOBODY seems willing to negotiate. Why should anybody get paid AND receive per diem? Both parties MUST start listening. I do agree we need to rein in government but NOT on the backs of those least able to modify or adjust their lifestyle. I do not recall which legislator said it but they were GOP and the comment was "we are trying to save millions not thousands". My idea is spend money on investigators and PROSECUTE fraud in ALL sectors. Fraud is rampant. I live in an apartment complex with 162-164 units, a number of them section 8 and I alone know and have reported 14 of them and not a single one has been looked into and some of them openly laugh about their fraud. If I can see it when I am out walking a trained investigator should certainly be able to handle the job. Multiply the fraud across the state and I would bet it reaches into the millions. Maybe sometimes we look at the big picture and forget the smaller picture. Get creative folks! Learn the art of compromise. GET THE JOB DONE!
eileen July 02, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Thank you Britt and Jeff for a nicely balanced article on the shutdown. Great reporting!
Alan Miller July 02, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Yes, it was a nice article, but with the MN State DFL Chairman living here in Eagan, plus former Senator Jim Carlson, former Reps. Sandy Masin & Mike Obermueller, and Mayor Mike Maguire, it might have been nice to have their opinions to balance the story.

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