Minnesota government has been shut down for a week now. The State’s budget runs on a fiscal year starting July 1st and there was no agreement on how to proceed. So it ended there, all but the most essential services ordered to stay in operation by the courts.
How will this end? What will it mean over the long haul? It is still far too early to say anything for sure because it has yet to play out completely. The Independence Day holiday has made reliable polling nearly impossible so far, so we can’t even use that measure. In place of anything intelligent there is always spin. I’ll add a little conjecture to that and you can judge me on it later.