Government Shutdown Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 7/21/2011 3:40:49 AM EST
    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signs the state budget bill to end the state government shutdown as Secretary of State Mark Ritchie looks on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn. When the state government shut down on July 1, it closed state parks and rest stops, laid off 22,000 state employees, stopped road projects and much more. After signing the budget, Dayton said he was "not entirely happy" with it. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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    Posted: 7/21/2011 3:40:49 AM EST
    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is handed the last bill of the state budget bill which he signed, ending the government shutdown Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn. Dayton's signature came just hours after lawmakers gave their own approval to the deal after meeting in special session that started Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning. All sides formalized an agreement that Dayton struck with leading Republicans late last week. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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    Posted: 7/21/2011 3:40:49 AM EST
    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton closes his pen as Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, left, signs the final bill of the budget bill which ends the government shutdown Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn. Dayton's signature came just hours after lawmakers gave their own approval to the deal after meeting in special session that started Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning. All sides formalized an agreement that Dayton struck with leading Republicans late last week. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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    Posted: 7/21/2011 3:40:48 AM EST
    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton addresses the media after signing the budget bill which ends the government shutdown Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn. Dayton's signature came just hours after lawmakers gave their own approval to the deal after meeting in special session that started Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning. All sides formalized an agreement that Dayton struck with leading Republicans late last week. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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    Posted: 7/16/2011 2:20:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this July 7, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, speaks during a town hall meeting at his campaign headquarters in Urbandale, Iowa. Pawlenty is seizing on a state government shutdown in his home state to try to spark a flagging presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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    Posted: 7/14/2011 6:16:31 PM EST
    A group of touring senior citizens from around the country on a tour out of Florida expressed their disappointment on the steps of the closed Minnesota State Capitol Tuesday, July 12, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn. The group had hoped to visit the Capitol, History Center and other sites which have been closed due to the government shutdown which began July 1. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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    Posted: 7/13/2011 4:56:15 PM EST
    In this July 12, 2011 photo, Lyda Hanson, 19, of Prior Lake sits at home surrounded by the documents she needs in order to get a cosmetology license. Before even graduating from beauty school, Hanson landed her dream job at a salon. But when Minnesota?s government shutdown prevented her from getting her cosmetology license, the job went to someone else, and Hanson had to start a new search, without being able to tell employers when she can start. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
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    Posted: 7/13/2011 4:56:15 PM EST
    In this July 12, 2011 photo, Lyda Hanson, 19, of Prior Lake sits in her home surrounded by the tools of her trade. Before even graduating from beauty school, Hanson landed her dream job at a salon. But when Minnesota?s government shutdown prevented her from getting her cosmetology license, the job went to someone else, and Hanson had to start a new search, without being able to tell employers when she can start. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
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    Posted: 7/13/2011 4:56:15 PM EST
    In this July 12, 2011 photo, Lyda Hanson, 19, of Prior Lake sits in her home surrounded by the tools of her trade. Before even graduating from beauty school, Hanson landed her dream job at a salon. But when Minnesota?s government shutdown prevented her from getting her cosmetology license, the job went to someone else, and Hanson had to start a new search, without being able to tell employers when she can start. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
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    Posted: 7/6/2011 4:55:47 AM EST
    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)
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    Posted: 7/6/2011 4:55:47 AM EST
    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)
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    Posted: 7/6/2011 4:55:47 AM EST
    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)
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    Posted: 7/6/2011 4:55:46 AM EST
    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)
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    Posted: 7/2/2011 9:06:51 AM EST
    A closed sign marks the entrance to the Fort Snelling historic site Friday, July 1, 2011 in Minneapolis after negotiations over the state budget between Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton broke down and the government shutdown at midnight. AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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    Posted: 7/2/2011 9:06:49 AM EST
    Lawmakers' parking spots were empty in front of the Minnesota State Capitol Friday, July 1, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn., after negotiations over the state budget between Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton broke down and the government shutdown at midnight. AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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    Posted: 7/2/2011 9:06:42 AM EST
    Barriers were in place on the road in front of the Minnesota State Capitol Friday, July 1, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn., after negotiations over the state budget between Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton broke down and the government shutdown at midnight. AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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    Posted: 7/2/2011 9:06:35 AM EST
    A bicyclist rides on the road leading out of the closed Fort Snelling historic site Friday, July 1, 2011 in Minneapolis after negotiations over the state budget between Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton broke down and the government shutdown at midnight. AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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    Posted: 7/1/2011 9:50:57 AM EST
    Sen. Amy Koch with other Republicans responded to Gov. Mark Dayton's remaks Thursday June 30,. 2011 after the governor announced that budget talks had broken down. The Minnesota state government shutdown at 12:01 a.m. CDT Friday July 1,2011. (AP Photo/KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) -- MAGS OUT, MINNEAPOLIS AREA TV OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT --
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    Posted: 7/1/2011 9:50:56 AM EST
    Members of the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and their supporters attended a vigil at the State Capitol steps in St. Paul, Minn on Thursday night June 30, 2011. Minnesota stumbled into its second government shutdown in six years on Thursday, with a partisan divide over taxes and spending to close a $5 billion deficit becoming only more bitter as a midnight deadline came and went without agreement. (AP Photo/Carlos Gonzalez - Star Tribune) MANDATORY CREDIT
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    Posted: 7/1/2011 9:50:56 AM EST
    Looking tired Rep. Ernie Leidiger talked with Rep Doug Wardlow on the House floor at the state capitol with hours left until a government shutdown. Minnesota stumbled into its second government shutdown in six years on Thursday, with a partisan divide over taxes and spending to close a $5 billion deficit becoming only more bitter as a midnight deadline came and went without agreement. (AP Photo Kyndell Harkness - STAR TRIBUNE) MANDATORY CREDIT