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Minnesota Government Shuts Down: Back In Session

Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders are working toward a budget deal that would end the state-record government shutdown.

(Updated, 5:35 p.m., Tuesday, July 19)

The overarching message to Minnesotans is “Be ready.” That comes from Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief of staff, Tina Smith, and Minnesota Management and Budget commissioner Jim Schowalter.

Smith and Schowalter sounded cautious optimism in a conference call with media on Tuesday afternoon.

“There are a lot of assumptions right now,” Schowalter said. “But it is important to remind everyone that normal operations will not resume immediately. The bills must pass both bodies and then be signed into law by the governor.”

Schowalter said that while the timing and enactment of the bills is still uncertain, after Dayton signs them, money will become available to the respective agencies. The money would not be available to the respective agencies until the following day.

It’s “unlikely,” Smith said, that state workers would go back to their jobs on Wednesday, noting the logistics of passing the legislation and contacting workers. Each agency will have its own process for resuming operations, and state employees will be given 24 hours notice to return to work, Schowalter said.

Smith and Schowalter concluded the call by encouraging Minnesotans to check out the Be Ready website, created by the state to deliver real-time information.

“We are moving forward with two things right now: urgency and common sense,” Smith said.

“The goal,” Smith reiterated, “is to restart the government as quickly as we can and get Minnesotans back to work.” 

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If you are affected by the shutdown, let Woodbury Patch know. Email kris.janisch@patch.com or call 651-269-2432.

Dee O'Dowd July 01, 2011 at 01:55 PM
From Stillwater Patch: "The impact is pretty minor to the city since the Stillwater Lift Bridge issue has been resolved," Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki said this afternoon. The lift bridge was deemed an essential service and will continue to be operated by MnDot employees.
Collaborate July 01, 2011 at 03:52 PM
The legislature and the governor were elected by a margin of less than 2% of the votes cast. Their mandate was to do the job for all of us not to be inflexible ideologs.
Edward July 01, 2011 at 07:03 PM
The Repubican final offer to Gov. Dayton consisted principally of two big loans: taking $700 million more from our schools, and borrowing from future tobacco settlement payments. This does not add revenue, it adds debt. And it’s what got us into this budget mess in the first place.
STW July 15, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Our elected officials solve nothing. This problem will not go away in time, in fact may get worse. I won't mind recalling all!

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