Fmr. VP Walter Mondale enlisted to negotiate end to MN government shutdown

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Three high-profile Minnesotans are coming together to help end the state government shutdown — former governor Arne Carlson (R) and former senators Walter Mondale (D) and David Durenberger (R).

The trio is leading a group of bipartisan Minnesota “elder statesmen” that hopes to craft a solution to the state’s debt crisis by the end of the week, they said in a Tuesday morning press conference at the state Capitol. Carlson joked that they hoped to find a solution “lightly distasteful” to both sides.

The Minnesota state government shut down at midnight Friday morning, after a six-month impasse over how to close a $5 billion budget gap. Gov. Mark Dayton (D) wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans; the Republican-controlled legislature wants to rely on spending cuts and accounting shifts.

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