ST. PAUL, Minn. —Minnesota's state government shutdown ended Wednesday after 20 days, millions in lost revenue and frustration on the part of residents and politicians.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton pushed for months to raise taxes on the state's richest residents to provide more money for social services, while Republicans adopted a "live within our means" motto. In the end, the state will spend more by delaying aid to schools and borrowing against future payments from a legal settlement with tobacco companies.
Seattle residents ask to turn up the heat
SEATTLE — As the rest of the country bakes in summer heat, Seattle residents have been bundled up, dealing with temperatures that can't seem to break out of the 60s.
Even in a place used to rain, the gloominess is getting on people's nerves.
There are different ways to measure the frustration. A weather man counted the minutes — yes, minutes — that the temperature has hit 80 degrees or higher. (He says 78 minutes, by the way.)
And annoyance has been spilling out roughly 140 characters at a time. "Seriously Seattle! Can we have any kind of a summer? Ahh C'mon," one Twitter user said.
Another tweet: "MISSING: Hot, sunny summer. IF FOUND please return to Seattle as soon as possible. REWARD offered."
It's been a month since the summer solstice and there have been only three days with temperatures above 80 at Sea-Tac International airport's measuring station. The coldest day had a low of 62. To make matters worse, rain has dampened more than a few weekends.