Are the governor and the Minnesota Legislature heading for a special session or, worse yet, a government shutdown? No one on the inside of state government likes those terms, recognizing that voters don’t look favorably on dysfunction, especially perhaps in a state that fancies itself better than most. Yet with the 2019 session entering its critical final six working weeks, it’s hard to see how it will all end, not only when it comes to the one must-do of the session — passing a two-year state budget — but on other front-page issues such as health care funding, transportation improvements and gun safety. Deals almost always come together. That is what the governor and legislative leaders are relying on. Yet the way they talk about their disagreements goes well beyond the acerbic rhetoric that has become the political norm. With the governor’s office and the state House in the hands of DFLers and the state Senate controlled by the GOP, Minnesota’s … [Read more...] about Does the 2019 legislative session have the makings of a state government shutdown?
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"This is a fumble, and we need to make sure that the president stays firm", Meadows, of North Carolina, said, as his caucus insisted the short-term deal include the Trump's request for $5 billion for his border wall.U.S. President Donald Trump will not sign legislation to fund the federal government that passed the U.S. Senate, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a meeting with the president on Thursday. It's not clear if there are enough votes in the House for a bill that would include the $5 billion in border wall funding; in the Senate, where any measure will require 60 votes to clear procedural hurdles, there are nearly certainly not enough votes.Trump remained ambiguous Thursday on whether he will sign a measure temporarily funding the government in order to avoid a year-end shutdown, as he lamented a lack of funding for his desired border wall. Then it will have enough votes to pass a funding bill to send to the Republican-controlled Senate, leaving it up to Trump … [Read more...] about Trump demands wall funding, increasing threat of United States government shutdown
Keldy Ortiz NorthJersey Published 1:16 p.m. UTC Jun 27, 2018 A possible state government shutdown at midnight on June 30 has the potential to ruin Independence Day plans throughout the state because state parks, golf courses and marinas would be closed. But you can still place your bets, collect unemployment and fill up your tank on the parkway or turnpike if the government shuts down. Here is a listing of what would be open: Casinos, horse racing, and the lottery are expected to stay open for the first seven days of a possible shut down. This was made possible by ex-Gov. John Corzine following the shutdown in 2006. Last year, former Gov. Chris Christie said the lottery is an essential service. Unemployment insurance and disability determination services are expected to operate. State services such as public safety including police, medical facilities, and NJ Transit are likely to remain open during the event of a government shutdown. State prisons … [Read more...] about Here’s what’s open during in New Jersey during a government shutdown
Rodrigo Torrejon NorthJersey Published 7:44 p.m. UTC Jun 26, 2018 Fear ye not, Snoop Dogg fans. Despite the looming state government shutdown — a dispute over tax hikes to cover expenses in the state budget or a Trenton power struggle, depending on who you ask — Jersey City's Independence Day celebrations will go on unabated and the Doggfather is scheduled to take the stage as the headliner. Having already gone through the grief of one government shutdown, Jersey City was prepared this year and officials scheduled its Fourth of July festivities at Exchange Place, right next door to Liberty State Park. Last year, the more than 1,200 acre park closed because of the government shutdown. This year, In order to avoid any problems, Mayor Steven Fulop decided to hold this year's festivities, dubbed the "50 Star Fireshow," at Exchange Place Plaza. "We're not going to be relying on the state and will not be held hostage," Fulop said. "This year … [Read more...] about NJ government shutdown: Snoop Dogg, Jersey City not relying on state for July 4 celebration
Stephen Edelson Asbury Park Press Published 5:40 p.m. UTC Jun 21, 2018 The battle lines have been drawn in Trenton, with New Jersey lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy locked in contentious negotiations on a budget. And with the June 30 deadline to come up with a plan everyone can live with rapidly approaching, the specter of a government shutdown now hovers over the entire state. The squabbling could cost thousands of non-government workers dearly, too. Racetracks and casinos must close if the government shutdown extends beyond seven days. And that could happen at an incredibly bad time, with the state having spent $9 million in legal fees to bring sports betting to the state’s racetracks and casinos this month. And the sad thing is it was all avoidable. A bill in the Senate and Assembly last year would have eliminated the shutdown damage after seven days by declaring all inspectors, agents and other employees of the Casino Control Commission, the Division of Gaming … [Read more...] about Edelson: NJ sports betting at risk in state government shutdown