Kathleen Blatz, appointed special master of the state government shutdown presides over hearings at the Minnesota Judicial Center on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in St. Paul. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and ... more 
Kathleen Blatz, appointed special master of the state government shutdown presides over hearings at the Minnesota Judicial Center on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in St. Paul. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders return to the bargaining table. Budget talks fell apart late Thursday, and none were held over the long holiday weekend. Dayton had told lawmakers to spend the time in their districts listening to constituents. The shutdown has stopped everything from road construction to services for the deaf and blind. Dayton and Republicans are at odds over how much the state should spend and the governor's proposal to raise income taxes on the state's richest residents. (AP Photo/Jim Gehrz, Pool) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Jim Gehrz, Pool
Tue, Jul 5, 2011 1:31 PM EDT