Less Than A Month Remains Until State Shutdown In Minnesota

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 6:11 am

Last week we saw the end of the legislative session come without a solution to the state’s $5 billion budget deficit, and in less than a month from now, that could really start affecting the state of Minnesota.

In fact, we are now less than a month away from a state government shutdown if Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers can’t agree on a budget.

About 800 state employees were supposed to start getting layoff notices yesterday as the government prepares for a July 1 shutdown, but that didn’t happen. WCCO reports that those 800, along with about 35,000 other employees, will get notices one week from tomorrow, on Friday, June 10.

The workers getting notices are state troopers, conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources, and officers from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. All are in a union that requires layoff notices by certain dates, even if the shutdown doesn’t happen.

These state workers would be out of a job temporarily, but employees deemed crucial — like state patrol officers — could be kept on during a shutdown.

Governor Dayton and Republican leaders are scheduled to meet tomorrow morning for another attempt to resolve the budget problem. If the two sides can actually come to an agreement, the Governor would have to call a special session to allow the legislature to vote on such a bill.

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