Minnesotans blame Legislature, Dayton equally for shut down

Throwing cold water on claims of popular support by both the Republicans running the Legislature, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesotans in a new poll are blaming both sides equally for the budget battle that may force a state government shutdown.

They also largely disapprove of the job the Legislature is doing, while at the same time opposing higher state spending -- which is the job the Legislature is doing. Go figure.

According to KSTP/SurveyUSA:

If the state government shuts down, who is most responsible?

21% Governor 20% Republican Legislators 7% DFL Legislators 50% All Equally 2% Not Sure

Do you approve or disapprove of the job the State Legislature is doing?

23% Approve 65% Disapprove 12% Not Sure

Should Minnesota's government increase spending?

8% Increase 60% Decrease 27% About The Same 5% Not Sure

If no deal is reached by midnight June 30, state government functions will begging shutting down the next day, and state workers will be laid off, starting July 1.

Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin will hear the state's arguments at 10 a.m. Thursday for keeping essential services open in the event of a shutdown.

Both sides are supposed to hold a negotiating session this afternoon, and will doubtless claim they're each on the side of the people.


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