Grrrr... So, it looks like the Minnesota government will shutdown on July 1st. Basically, the governor and Republican members of the state congress are at odds over the budget for the year. Governor Dayton wants to increase taxes on the wealthiest 2% while the Republicans want to cut funding to essential services.
For the most part, it won't affect me. I still care though. Some forms of welfare may stop which will affect the most vulnerable Minnesotans and some will probably be thrown into homelessness or won't be able to access the medical services they need. For that reason alone, I'm pissed off. And don't forget the tens of thousands of state employees who will be jobless during that time.
There's only one instance I can think of where it will affect me. I'm going bicycle touring in August. If there's still a government shutdown, the state parks will be closed for camping. Which means the private campgrounds will be overloaded. There's no way I could afford a motel every night and I might not be able to find a place to stealth camp very often. Private campgrounds are usually waaaay more expensive than the state parks anyway. So, basically, I'll just change direction and go south to Iowa. I hope Google biking directions are accurate. O.o
Update: Okay, never mind. Welfare won't stop. But, it's still ridiculous and will cost the state more than it saves. Example: the state parks will lose a huge amount from vehicle permits and camping fees.