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Published July 02, 2011, 10:30 PM

No Talks Expected Before Tuesday for Minnesota Shutdown

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota lawmakers are back in their districts. Some are facing voters for the first time since the government shutdown.

By: Tom Hauser, WDAY

Minnesota lawmakers are back in their districts. Some are facing voters for the first time since the government shutdown. That reception may go a long way in determining how long the shutdown will last.

It's in the hole!

Unfortunately, Chris Lapakko is about to be in a financial hole. He's one of more than 20-thousand state workers laid off in the shutdown--now protesting on the capitol lawn.

Chris Lapakko - State Worker: “I’m going to stay out here until this budget fiasco is taken care of, until they grow up and start acting like politicians we elected and not a bunch of kids."

Mark Dayton – Minnesota Governor: "One of the worst days of my life yesterday and today is about as bad."

Governor Dayton empathizes with laid off state workers and does recall promising not to shutdown government during his campaign for governor.

Reporter: "Do you feel like you went back on a campaign promise of some kind to not shut down government?"

Dayton: "Unfortunately, the two parts of that promise came into conflict with each other because I felt it was ultimately more important to raise the revenue necessary to meet a fair, middle compromise position"

Dayton says a deal fell apart when republicans sought agreement on social policies like abortion.

Kurt Zellers – (R) Minnesota: "To say that this blew up over policy...again, to Amy 's point this isn't true."

House speaker Kurt Zellers and senate majority leader Amy Koch say the breakdown came over tax increases. They offered non-tax revenue to meet the governor's demands--and deny they wanted a shutdown.

Amy Koch – (R) Minnesota: "All of our actions speak to the contrary, Tom. If you look at the work we put in in attempting to meet the governor's budget. For example, we didn't come half way on K-12, we came 100 percent of the way. That was a priority for him. It was a priority for us."

No new talks are expected before Tuesday.

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