Minnesota state shutdown: What's open
|The deadline for a solution is tonight at midnight.|
What's staying open? The Minnesota Highway Patrol can still pull you over, for starters. In fact, all 600 Troopers are going to be on patrol today.
Here's what closed, and open:CLOSED:
- Education Department
- State parks, camp grounds, trails.
- State lottery.
- State tourism office.
- Canterbury Park race track.
- Child-care assistance, services for the deaf, criminal background checks.
- All state licensing boards (nursing, for example) and offices (e.g. drivers licenses)
- Motor vehicle registration.
- Almost all Department of Transportation road repair.
- Minnesota Zoo (animal care won't be affected).
- State emergency/disaster agencies.
- State Patrol.
- Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
- State prisons and regional treatment centers.
- State tax collections.
- Federally mandated services: medical assistance; food stamps.
- Payments under the MinnesotaCare health insurance program.
- Unemployment payments.
- Workers compensation claims and benefits.
- VA homes and programs.
- Health and safety inspections of health care facilities.
- Food safety inspections.
- Workplace safety enforcement for high-risk employers.
- State payments to cities, counties and schools.
- Governor's office (bare bones staffing).
- Funding for the Legislature and its anticipated special session.
- Security at state buildings.