Anguished Minnesotans Protest Budget Cuts and State Shutdown By Bill Sorem | July 4, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Labor/Unions Subscribe to Labor/Unions Click to view video of protests Click to view video of protestsOn the eve of the government shutdown, several thousand Minnesotans rally around the State Capitol from 9:00 AM to sundown protesting legislative budget cuts and imminent shutdown of the Minnesota State Government. The shutdown grew out of months of disagreement between the DFL Governor and the Republican controlled legislature. The protestors used their cell phones to call legislators from the steps of the Capitol and plead with them to stop the stalemate. The anguished crowd was loud and boisterous for several hours. Capitol security did not interfere with the angry crowd. After a noisy group had demonstrated in front of the Governor’s office and in his reception room, the crowd quietly dispersed at the request of security. The fears of state shutdown were realized when Governor Dayton announced at 10:00 PM that there was no agreement and the state government would shutdown. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.