Minn. gov, lawmakers meet amid government shutdown

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7/6/2011 3:02:15 AM - AP News
Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz presides over the second round of hearings over the Minnesota government shutdown at the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Blatz is the appointed special master in Temporary Funding of Core Functions of the Executive Branch of the State of Minnesota. Petitioners lobbied to have funds appropriated toward specific causes. (AP Photo/Jim Gehrz, Pool) The Associated Press Former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug talks to Lucinda Jesson, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services during hearings to determine which organizations will receive temporary funding during the government shutdown on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in St. Paul. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders return to the bargaining table. Budget talks fell apart late Thursday, and none were held over the long holiday weekend. Dayton had told lawmakers to spend the time in their districts listening to constituents. The shutdown has stopped everything from road construction to services for the deaf and blind. Dayton and Republicans are at odds over how much the state should spend and the governor's proposal to raise income taxes on the state's richest residents. (AP Photo/Jim Gehrz, Pool) The Associated Press Kathleen Blatz, appointed special master of the state government shutdown presides over hearings at the Minnesota Judicial Center on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in St. Paul. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders return to the bargaining table. Budget talks fell apart late Thursday, and none were held over the long holiday weekend. Dayton had told lawmakers to spend the time in their districts listening to constituents. The shutdown has stopped everything from road construction to services for the deaf and blind. Dayton and Republicans are at odds over how much the state should spend and the governor's proposal to raise income taxes on the state's richest residents. (AP Photo/Jim Gehrz, Pool) The Associated Press Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz presides over the second round of hearings over the Minnesota government shutdown at the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Blatz is the appointed special master in Temporary Funding of Core Functions of the Executive Branch of the State of Minnesota. Petitioners lobbied to have funds appropriated toward specific causes. (AP Photo/Jim Gehrz, Pool) The Associated PressST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers say they'll meet again as they try to settle a dispute over taxes and spending that's led to a state government shutdown.The Democratic governor and GOP legislative leaders plan to meet Wednesday afternoon. They met for about an hour Tuesday for the first time since the government closed last Friday.Meanwhile, the possibility of a long shutdown is raising the stakes for people and groups that rely on state money.A judge previously ordered that services needed to ensure public health and safety should continue, but specific requests are being weighed by former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz.She heard pleas Tuesday from several groups, including police officers, prosecutors, and advocates for the homeless and victims of sexual assault.