Minnesota residents vent at politicians over shutdown
Minnesota residents vented frustration at political leaders on Tuesday as the longest state government shutdown in recent U.S. history plowed deep into its second week with no new talks scheduled.
Democratic Governor Mark Dayton stepped out of the capital on Tuesday, joining a discussion on special education funding at a high school in St. Cloud northwest of the Twin Cities that was attended by several Republican state lawmakers.
The first of several planned meetings the governor has outside the Twin Cities this week ended with more than 20 minutes of residents urging an end to the 12-day-old shutdown.
“Where is your conscience,” Anthony Akubue, a St. Cloud State University environmental and technological studies professor, told the lawmakers.
“It’s not about you, it is about us who sent you there,” said Akubue, who said empty speeches or rhetoric did not sit well with him. “It’s not about you. We sent you there.”
Other residents said it was “unacceptable” that a shutdown could continue for a month or more and they were appalled at the lack of time spent in top level negotiations.