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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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Economy Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Economy | Government Shutdown Shakes Stability of Jobs That Are Often the Best Around Supported by ByNatalie Kitroeff and Robert Gebeloff Jan. 16, 2019 Verla Bloomfield has the kind of workplace that seems plucked from a different era. She has a pension, a union, several weeks of vacation and a paycheck that has nearly doubled in 14 years. Her employer? The United States government. “People used to work for companies their whole life and retire and take their pension and move on,” said Ms. Bloomfield, who handles claims for the Social Security Administration in Tulsa, Okla. “That’s not the reality of our work force anymore, but it still is for the federal government.” By many measures, the last couple of decades scorched American workers. Wages crawled up, factory jobs fled to China … [Read more...] about Government Shutdown Shakes Stability of Jobs That Are Often the Best Around
POLITICS 12/26/2018 08:34 am ET Asked when the government would reopen fully, Trump said he couldn’t say. Nomaan Merchant WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started. Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress. And there is no end in sight. So far, the public and federal workers have largely been spared inconvenience and hardship because government is closed on weekends and federal employees were excused from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas, a federal holiday. The shutdown began at midnight last Friday. Trump said Tuesday that the closed parts of the government will remain that way until Democrats agree to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. He said he’s open to calling the wall something else as long as he ends up … [Read more...] about After Christmas, The Government Shutdown Is Just Getting Started
President Trump's border wall will be a key topic for debate as lawmakers return to Washington this week for what's known as the lame-duck session, which includes returning lawmakers and who are retiring or who lost their re-election bids. Lawmakers are running out of time to address the looming deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown. In less than two weeks Congress must pass seven spending bills that keep several government departments up and running. Five of the 12 annual spending bills have been passed by the House and Senate and signed by the president, funding operations for those departments through Sept. 2019. The remaining seven have not, and the president is threatening a veto if the funding for his border wall is not included. "Could there be a shutdown? There certainly could," the president told reporters last week on Thanksgiving, implying a veto threat over funding for his signature campaign issue. "And it will be about border security, of which the … [Read more...] about Averting partial government shutdown tops lame-duck agenda for Congress
PALM BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Thursday there could be a government shutdown next month over security on the border with Mexico, suggesting he could hold up negotiations if no more money is provided for a wall between the two countries. U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions from the media after speaking via teleconference with troops from Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., November 22, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer “Could there be a shut down? There certainly could and it will be about border security, of which the wall is a part,” Trump told reporters in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump also said he had given the military the authorization to use lethal force if necessary on the border with Mexico. “If they have to they are going to use lethal force. I’ve given the OK - I hope they don’t have to.” Trump also warned that the United States could close the whole border with Mexico for a … [Read more...] about Trump warns of government shutdown next month over border security