Minnesota shutdown prompts political blame game

With Minnesota’s state government closed for business, the focus shifted Friday to who’s to blame, the Associated Press reports. The shutdown started at 12:01 a.m. CDT Friday, the victim of an ongoing dispute over taxes and spending between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative majorities. Talks fell apart well before the deadline, leaving state parks closed on the brink of the Fourth of July weekend, putting road projects at a standstill and forcing thousands of state worker layoffs. The heads of the state’s Republican and Democratic parties each say the other side is responsible…

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