Budget stalemate hurts Minnesota

Financial concerns and political disagreements cause shutdown in US state, leaving 23,000 without salary.

    In the US state of Minnesota, the governor is a Democrat, the legislature is controlled by Republicans and a budget crisis has led to a partial government shutdown.

    The governor wants higher taxes on upper-income people to cover the state's projected $5bn deficit.

    But Republicans insist on spending cuts only.

    Meanwhile, some 23,000 workers - many of them state employees - are out of work and without a paycheque, with the crisis in its second week.

    Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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