It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful name for a state than Minnesota, which comes from a Dakota Sioux word for “sky-tinted water.” Today the state is popularly known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” a nickname that conjures up images of primal forests, deep waterways and lots of summer mosquitoes.
The reasonable-looking man in the video above is Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota. Governor Dayton, a Democrat, has shut down the state government over an impasse with Republicans in the state legislature. Bloomberg reports:
The 12-day impasse is the longest of the nation’s six state government shutdowns since 2002 by four days, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. It has idled about 23,000 state workers, closed agencies and stopped construction projects statewide.
This is the sixth shutdown in the Land of 10,000 Lakes since 2002? It makes me wonder if this is a sort of state holiday that Minnesotans have become used to having. There are many who rely on vital services provided by the state, so I certainly don’t mean to be flippant, but fortunately the state has created a process overseen by a judge to ensure that vital state services are maintained.
What is Governor Dayton fighting for? Dayton said this in response to a bi-partisan commission, led by former Vice President Walter Mondale [emphasis mine]: