Nearly 36,000 Layoff Notices Sent To State Workers
Nearly 36,000 state employees will receive layoff notices beginning today, as a state government shutdown looms at the end of the month.
Minnesota’s second shutdown in six years would start on July 1, if Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature cant come to an agreement to bridge a $1.8 billion gap in the budget. The two sides continue to squabble over taxes and spending.
Budget talks have yielded little progress of late. Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter told the Associated Press that layoff notices had been mailed. His agency is in charge of shutdown planning and will likely ask a court to keep workers such as prison guards on the job to perform critical services. Schowalter hasn’t said when the state will go to court.
The current state budget runs out at the end of the month.