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Possible State Government Shutdown Two Weeks Away

June 17, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With two weeks to go until a possible state government shutdown, supporters of Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan are trying to get their message out. They'll be going door-to-door on Saturday, June 18, in Spring Lake Park and Burnsville. The latter is the hometown of DFL activist Katie Farber, who says a government shutdown could have devastating effects.

"I work for the county and I realize on a daily basis the needs that people have for the services that government workers provide."

Farber says she was out knocking on doors last weekend.

"I heard several people say that they thought it was better to have a balanced approach. They thought it was fair to increase taxes on the top two-percent of the wealthiest people."

She says she also came across those who support legislative Republicans, who say the state can't spend money it doesn't have, and that raising taxes on the wealthy will mean lost jobs.

What are deemed nonessential state government services will cease July 1 in Minnesota if no agreement is reached.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN