Well, the MN state government is shut down, whatever that means. Dem Governor Dayton, pop-eyed crazoid that he is, refused to compromise with the Repub state houses and for the want of (last I heard) closing a $38 million dollar gap in plans, the vast Inefficiency Engine that is MN state government is shut down.
Basically it boiled down to Dayton wanting to increase spending (by ridiculous amounts) and raise taxes to pay for it, and the repubs wanting to close the state deficit and decrease spending to pay for it. The details are detaily but that's the gist of it. And of course, republicans are making their stand because they're bad people that want to do bad things.
I know it's early, but so far I'm okay with it.