800 law enforcement layoff notices? Not today, after all

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Layoff notices are delayed for a little while.
Even in the escalating game of chicken surrounding the state budget negotiations, this morning's story was an attention-grabber: Layoff notices were going out today to some 800 law enforcement officers, including State Troopers.

Just in case anyone was wondering about what a state government shutdown might actually look like.

The notices, which only alert recipients to potential layoffs, are required under union contracts. In a deal worked out today, negotiators worked out a deal to put them off until June 10. Then they'll go out with another 35,000 notices. KSTP reports the targets: The Minnesota Law Enforcement Association, Minnesota Nurses Association, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, AFSCME Council 5 and the State Residential Schools Education Association.

All of them could be laid off July 1 if a budget agreement isn't reached.

Related: Dayton vetoes all nine budget bills

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

This is typical.  A few years ago, I had a Democrat State Rep. tell me: "when your fighting to raise taxes; the areas you want to cut, are the areas that the public will feel the most.  It's the strategic thing to do."

On the local level, Minneapolis is a good example of this.  Just look at their first targets.  It's always Fire and Police.  Core functions of government.Do you get the biggest public pinch for you buck?  Sure do.If the Democrats could threaten to cut your oxygen, they probably would.

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