Now that the shutdown has gone down, here’s a list of our commentaries:

Shutdown ends includes a link to a Senate document giving a brief description of the major spending bills. It’s by the Republican Party, so keep that in mind. By the way, you might wish to look at this list of bills considered and passed. See also the House listing.

Now, to the specifics.

The education bill: Some good, much left to do.

Health and Human Services–introductory remarks has a few thoughts on the HHS omnibus bill.

Pensions omnibus contains some bad news for taxpayers.

Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal says Minnesota may offer national lessons.

Sunrise, Sunset says that Texas gives an example of a Sunset Commission–which was enacted by the Legislature.

A laggard in school reform surveys major reforms enacted in “States not named Minnesota.”

Reform a little now or a lot later and Minnesota kicks the can, again point out that while Minnesota must make major reforms to get its house in order, that is unlikely to happen just yet.

The regulatory state discusses the beer snafu. Is government here primarily to put red tape in our way?

Minnesotans shrug off the shutdown, says policy fellow David Strom.

Is this the final shutdown weekend offers an assessment of the Dayton offer.

What’s nice and what’s essential says that the shutdown is a good time to consider the role that the private sector has to play in promoting the good life.

Gov. Dayton should learn from the Moonbeam Governor says that California’s governor gets it: Raising taxes is not the solution.

Minnesota tax history reviews the ups and downs–mostly ups–of income tax rates.

Does government exist to provide services, or jobs says we ought not focus on government layoffs as much as we should on “what do we want government to do?”

Have Republicans failed to make their case says yes; it’s not enough to talk about tax rates.

“Tax the rich” puts off necessary reforms points to a Pioneer-Press discussion of the standoff.

How bipartisan is the group of elder statesman says that while they have partisan diversity, they’re on the same page when it comes to taxing and spending.

What are the core functions of government? A question well worth asking.

Thoughts on the shutdown warns Minnesota to now follow the example of Maryland, and ignore the unseen effects of policy changes.

Shutdown funding offers a viewpoint not heard enough: government spending should be severely constrained during a shutdown, so as to leverage political political pressure on elected officials to come to an agreement of some sort.

Can the governor sidestep the legislature by running to the court offers up a serious constitutional question.