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Budget crisis causes Minnesota government shutdown

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Uploaded on Jul 10, 2011

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 $5 bn 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 pay check as the crisis is in its second week.

Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports.

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