Minnesota Shutdown 2011: Budget Dispute Remains Unresolved (LATEST UPDATES)

The post and live blog below are a collaboration between Patch and HuffPost reporters.

The Minnesota state government has been shut down for more than one week.

Governor Mark Dayton (D) and Republican legislators remain at odds in contentious talks to close the state’s $5 billion budget gap.

The AP reports:

Minnesota saw one of its three main credit ratings slip on Thursday over budget problems that have led to the state’s week-old government shutdown.Fitch Ratings downgraded the state’s bond rating a notch from AAA to AA+, citing the government interruption and “an increasingly contentious budgeting environment.”

Former vice president Walter Mondale and former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson are just two members of a bipartisan panel of North Star State politicians and policy experts who have joined forces in attempt to solve the ongoing budget dispute.

Visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/08/minnesota-shutdown-2011-b_n_893164.html for the latest updates.

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