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Statement of Governor Mark Dayton

June 29, 2011

Today, Governor Mark Dayton issued the following statement on the order issued by Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin:
“While I am still reviewing Chief Judge Gearin's order, it appears that her order arrived at the same middle ground as my Administration, and essentially agreed with my list of critical services that must continue.  I prepared that list based on my constitutional responsibility as Governor to protect the lives and safety of the people of Minnesota.  I arrived at that list with a heavy heart, knowing full well the important role that government plays in the everyday success of Minnesota’s citizens and businesses.
“Let me be clear: I would much prefer to find a fair and balanced budget solution, rather than a government shutdown.  I am continuing to work toward a compromise needed to move forward.”