Website aims to prepare public for shutdown

Published 1:41 pm Saturday, June 4, 2011

ST. PAUL — The state of Minnesota has started a new website looking ahead to a possible government shutdown next month.

The site from Minnesota Management and Budget,, includes frequently asked questions about a shutdown and information for state employees.

A political deadlock over spending and taxes threatens to shut down state government for the second time in six years.

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This time, a shutdown would affect far more of state government than a partial shutdown that lasted eight days in 2005.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the Legislature resumed budget talks Friday and plan to meet again Monday. If they don’t enact a new two-year budget before July 1, most of state government would run out of money.