State Shutdown Legislation Progress 22 Apr 13

Almost two years since the last Minnesota government shutdown, lawmakers are closer to heading off future service interruptions. A bill the House approved Saturday includes a provision instituting a continuing appropriation process. That means that spending on programs would continue for a year even if lawmakers fail to approve a timely budget. Portions of the state government were shuttered for almost three weeks in 2011 when Governor Dayton and the Republican-led Legislature couldn’t agree on a budget by July 1st. Only services deemed essential continued under a judge’s order. Republicans tried to moderate the new shutdown language so appropriations wouldn’t be made based on what they consider to be an autopilot basis. That amendment failed.