Dayton wants 13,000 workers spared from shutdown

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The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton keep stumbling toward a possible government shutdown on July 1, and now the governor has submitted a list state services deemed essential--and who should keep working despite the shutdown.

The list encompasses about 13,000 workers providing core services to 29 agencies, representing about a third of the state's roughly 36,000 employees. Some 46 agencies would close entirely.

Dayton submitted the documents (below) in Ramsey County Court in response to an earlier filing by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, and says he generated the list "with a heavy heart," based not on political preferences, but on constitutional requirements and input from all state agencies.

The essential services include the State Patrol, the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP), basic security for prisons, the Capitol, the Governor's Residence; the National Guard, state courts, food safety inspectors--and the Minnesota Zoo.

Documents:

Previously:

Here are some of the services not on Dayton's list (HT: Mary Lahammer):

  • Administrative Hearings
  • Amateur Sports Comm
  • Architecture, Engineering Bd
  • Arts Board
  • Asian-Pacific Council
  • Barber Examiners
  • Board Behavioral Health & Therapy Bd
  • Black Minnesotans Council
  • Bureau of Mediation Services
  • Campaign Fin & Public Discl Bd
  • Capitol Area Architect
  • Chicano/Latino Affairs Council
  • Chiropractors Board
  • Combative Sports Commission
  • Cosmetologist Exam Board
  • Dietetics & Nutrition Practice Disability Council
  • Emergency Medical Services Bd
  • Explore Minnesota Tourism
  • Gambling Control Board
  • Higher Ed Facilities Authority
  • Human Rights Dept
  • Humanities Commission
  • Indian Affairs Council
  • Lottery
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Medical Practice Board
  • Minn Conservation Corps
  • Nursing Board
  • Nursing Home Admin Board
  • Ombudsperson for Families
  • Optometry Board
  • Peace Officers Board (POST)
  • Pharmacy Board
  • Physical Therapy Board
  • Podiatric Medicine Board
  • Private Detective Board
  • Psychology Board
  • Racing Commission
  • Social Work Board
  • Tax Court
  • Uniform Laws Commission
  • Veterinary Medicine Board
  • Water & Soil Resources Board
  • Workers Comp Court of Appeals


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Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Instead of signing a balanced budget from the legislature that increased spending by $2,000,000 Gov Dayton is willing to shut down 2/3's of the state workers in order to raise taxes? What kind of logic is that? Approximately 23,000 state workers will not be paid this summer? What will the ripple effect be?

Maybe closing 46 agencies will allow the budget to be even less taxing going forward.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Look at all the Oversight and Commissionary "boards" he feel are essential. Dayton says: "Screw them hard working middle class employees! Make sure their high paid bosses all have jobs though."

I just noticed "arts board"WTF is that, and why is that essential?

Here we go again-

Lets see, per the democrats:

Feeding the poor - unessentialHealthcare for the disabled - unessentialPolice and Fire - unessential

Watering the plants in the street medians and boulevards -  essentialFunding for art fairs - essentialGovernment building improvements - essential

Watch and wait, and you will see!  What party, does your mayor belong to?  What will they threaten to cut first?  What did they decide to keep?

Remember when Rybak was cutting police and fire, but installing 6 planters at $50,000 a piece?  Drinking fountains on the hydrants?They will tell to cut your water usage during drought, but their grass never looked greener.Watch and learn, the true evil is going to expose itself.

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any1MN

Kirk-the arts board is on the list of things NOT included in the governor's list.  meaning, it will be shut down.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

My bad. Trying to do several things at once, like commenting on this blog, while keeping my job.  Perhaps if I was a professional writer, or I had a editor.

Does anyone else find it racist that there in no such thing as a "white" council of sorts?Or has Dayton decided that is essential so it's not on the list?

SansDeity
SansDeity

Maybe you should be WORKING while at your job. SLACKER

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