Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz , Special Master in Temporary Funding of Core Functions of the Executive Branch of the State of Minnesota, holds a hearing of petitioners who want to be included in... more 
Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz , Special Master in Temporary Funding of Core Functions of the Executive Branch of the State of Minnesota, holds a hearing of petitioners who want to be included in core services, at the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday July 7, 2011. The weeklong Minnesota government shutdown stems from a deep conflict about whether the state should continue its long tradition of generous public assistance programs or puts a tighter cap on spending. (AP Photo/Richard Sennot, Pool) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Richard Sennot, Pool
Thu, Jul 7, 2011 3:04 PM EDT