Governor Dayton engineered the shutdown, specifically to cause as much pain as possible, under the command of his various union benefactors.
Andy Post ad MDE has the smoking gun:
New communications obtained by Minnesota Democrats Exposed today offer further proof the longest and largest state government shutdown in history was plotted out between Gov. Dayton and union leaders well in advance. The decision to shutdown was very much a political calculation made by the Administration at the hands of AFSCME.
A local president sent the following letter to his members to report on the results of the AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 CPC meeting in which the results of the shutdown were discussed. Here’s some of the letter:
If you haven’t read the whole thing, you should.
And then file it all away for November of 2012, and then 2014.