Minnesota state shutdown: What's open

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The deadline for a solution is tonight at midnight.
If you're planning your Fourth of July weekend, you should keep in mind what will or won't be available if the state government shuts down on Friday. In total, 75 different state agencies will be affected, with 46 set to shut down altogether.

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).
OPEN:
  • 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.
And of course, a government wouldn't be a government if it didn't collect taxes, so Minnesotans' money will continue to pour in, whether they're getting services or not.  Of course, there's still money to fund the legislature, while Gov. Mark Dayton's staff will be pared down during a shutdown. Taxation with representation, but not much else. 
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disabled mom of 4
disabled mom of 4

Not only is this shut down hurting thousands of people but the people that could use a pay cut are not so they get their silver spoons while the working class are getting screwed. If people want to "live" off the government because they are to lazy to get a job then their funding should be cut, but for those of us that are disabled or can not work due to medical condition due to work injuries or other injuries should still get their benifits. Its not right to shut down things that we need or our children need. As well the lottery yes we as the people can do without but our state can not. Thanks government for messing everything up.

dan
dan

How can people really say that these services are not needed? Obviously they've given jobs to these people for years, just because you may not use a particular service doesn't mean that others don't as well. 

All I know is that my mother works for the state, and now she is out of a job. She works for the health department and tours nursing homes/group homes to make sure they're following protocol and giving adequate care to their residents. Believe me, I've heard some of the horror stories that she's come home with after touring some of these places, and I can't tell you how neglectful and careless they can be. And now... no one is being paid to do this job. It's disgusting really, to think of how anyone could think that a shutdown of this scale could be a good thing for the state of Minnesota.

Brittanydaak
Brittanydaak

So when I have to renew my license in 3 to 4 months I won't be able to, and then end up getting pulled over by one of the 600 troopers on the road and have a ticket for an expired license..and have to pay money I don't have due to the states inability to compromise....

gwick
gwick

I hear you there mine expires July 12th, I called the sheriffs office and they said that's a good question. If I get pulled over I will def. be fighting it!!

Dkrull77
Dkrull77

State Driver and Vehicle Services Division will be closed. You will be able to get vehicle tabs and plates at deputy registrar locations in the suburbs during a shut down, but getting a new driver's license will not be possible.

Pissed
Pissed

I think the Governer and leaders of both parties in the legislator should all resign, they have failed the state of Minnesota...

Steven
Steven

Now is the time to really look at what the necessities are! I've worked with the State for years and honesly, so much is fluff & high buck! No one can ever get a clear picture of the services that are really necessary because those reporting on "what's needed" are the ones who would loose their jobs if they told the truth.  So many of these services are not really needed!

Holley Sandberg
Holley Sandberg

sucks to not come from the silver spoon snobs dam republicans

Kathynatoli
Kathynatoli

We can pay for unemployment benefits..but cant pay for those working????

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Yeah fuck unemployed people.  Let 'em starve.   I think its so funny when some loser loses his job and he has a kid and the kid is like "I'm so hungry it hurts daddy."   Then the stupid kid gives sad eyes and he starves to death and dies.   Hilarious.   People like Kathy knows what's up.  I bet she's never needed help her whole life because Kathy is so awesome.   Fucking heartless scumbag. 

I HATE LAZY SLUMS!!!
I HATE LAZY SLUMS!!!

What pissed me off is the people who go to the grocery store and buy a cart full of junk food to "feed their family" and use their "junk food stamps" but still manage to have enough money to have a nice car, their hair done, and their nails done! Its you fuckin people who are killing our economy. AND i think u should have to take a drug test to get on any state assistance because were just feeding all these slums their habits!!!! And to ur dumb comment up there. If i had a kid who was starving ID GET A FUCKING JOB LIKE EVERY OTHER RESPONSIBLE PARENT NOT GO CRYING TO THE STATE FOR HELP!!!!! IF UR NOT SMART ENOUGH TO GO GET A JOB THEN OBVIOUSLY U SHOULDN'T HAVE KIDS!!!!! I'm a single mom, i only make $7.75 an hour i make ends meet and we do just fine and get absolutely no assistance from the state THERE IS NO NEED FOR IT!! 

Disabledfather
Disabledfather

yeah so what about people like me that got hurt at work because of someone else and i have six kids huh, im permantly disabled and im 34 years old and now my court battle that has been going on for a year is even going to take longer because of this shit. This has interupted my money (what little they are giving me for the time being) and now my kids have to suffer some more.

I HATE LAZY SLUMS!!!
I HATE LAZY SLUMS!!!

GET A STAY AT HOME JOB!!!!! OBVIOUSLY UR NOT TO DISABLED TO BE ON THE INTERNET U IDIOT!!!!  NO ONE SHOULD FEEL SORRY FOR U!!!!

Garen Niemeyer
Garen Niemeyer

I really think u need to keep ur fuckin mouth shut until u have been on the other side.  Apparently u have no clue what it is like to be unemployed.  I became unemployed because the company i worked for shut down and was bought out.  So before u run ur mouth step back and look at the entire situation and put urself in the unemployed shoes.  Bet ur fuckin mouth wouldnt flap bullshit like it is

I HATE LAZY SLUMS!!!
I HATE LAZY SLUMS!!!

i have been on that side!!! ur just lazy go to walmart, mcdonalds, or anything like that and they are always hiring UR NOT GONNA MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS BEFORE UNTIL YOU GET OFF UR ASS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!! and don't try to tell me there isnt any jobs beacuse if there isnt any jobs in ur fucking town then move to where you can find one.  Life isn't supposed to be easy!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cryptology00

You clearly don't understand how sarcasm works

Kathynatoli
Kathynatoli

McDonalds is hiring. Also you get 10% off on food.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

The Mexicans took all "those jobs Americans didn't want". Of course, having the ability to speak fluent english may give them a shoe in...

Jim
Jim

I'm sure some unemployed person would be happy to get off unemployment if you gave them your job and worked at McDonald's.

Jim
Jim

Why don't you go work there then? I'm sure you have a way better chance of supporting your family off of McDonald's wages, then most people do. 

Hfirstnamejohn
Hfirstnamejohn

you both most not know how it is to have kids and have to ask for help because of the shit that is going on with this shut down i lost my job of 16yrs and now have to ask for help in any shape or form so grow up and get a clue

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

We paid, and continue to pay for these parks, and because of inept leadership, are now told we can't camp there?  I believe we should all walk around them closed and locked gates at the state parks, and set up our tents.   And driving in the MNPASS/HOV Lanes, drive them as you should.  Again, we have already paid for them!  Use them!

As far as the State lottery; that's absolute dictatorial nonsense!   State lottery takes in nearly $3, for every $1 it pays out.  Explain that!

And from above - "The Minnesota Highway Patrol can still pull you over, for starters. In fact, all 600 Troopers are going to be on patrol today."Anyone want to guess as to what one day of that will cost?Well, if each trouper cost us $200 per day with wages and benefits, $120,000 for ONE DAY.

Are they doing their job to make sure you feel it?  Do you feel the government pinch, as they pander for more of your money to increase their spending?

doggystyle
doggystyle

Shutting down the lottery saves scores of hundreds of ignorant people the opportunity to get ROBBED  by the state. I worked in gaming for 4 decades and the odds against the lottery player are ASTRONOMICAL. Consider it a blessing if you are ignorant enough to play the lottery

GnarlyDavidson
GnarlyDavidson

"State lottery takes in nearly $3, for every $1 it pays out.  Explain that!"  The lottery is set up to generate money for the state, is it not?  Also I assume there is a great deal of cost involved in running a lottery, supplies, employees, advertising, etc.  That should explain why it takes in $3 for every $1.  I am surprised it is not higher...

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

By shutting down the lottery you further damage to many other MN institutions.

Ticket sales in fiscal year 2005 were $408 million and generated $106.2 million for state projects and programs, including the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the state’s General Fund.The Lottery also transferred $59 million to the General Fund in FY05.

Some of the programs the Minnesota State Lottery funded in 2005-Metro Parks and Trails — $8,304,000.State Park Operations — $6,924,000.State Trail Operations — $1,380,000.Local Trails — $1,106,000.Local and Regional Trail Grant Initiative Program — $320,000Continuous Indoor Air Quality Monitoring in Minnesota Schools — $300,000Healthy Schools: Indoor Air Quality and Asthma Management — $168,000Metropolitan Regional Parks Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Development — $3,339,000Local Initiative Grants - Parks and Natural Areas — $2,579,000State Park and Recreation Area Land Acquisition — $1,500,000Water Recreation Projects — $1,150,000Accelerating and Enhancing Surface Water Monitoring for Lakes and Streams — $740,000Wastewater Phosphorus Control and Reduction Initiative — $540,000Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Land Acquisition — $350,000Como Zoo and Conservatory — $164,000Duluth Zoo — $164,000Minnesota Zoological Gardens — $164,000Fish Management — $7,996,000Wildlife Management — $5,120,000Ecological Services — $2,526,000Enforcement — $2,328,000Forestry Management — $484,000

So, looking at this, you just have to say: "Per the democrats shutdown choices, they clearly show they want us to drink dirty water, and have our kids breath dirty air".

DilbertByDay
DilbertByDay

this list further illustrates the incompetence of most gov't. Why on Earth would you close NET REVENUE-PRODUCING AGENCIES?

And state parks and zoos just prior to one of their historically best periods of REVENUE GENERATION?

Hint: has nothing to do with attempting to maintain the solvency of Minnesota- bunch of idiots! no wonder 95% never worked in the private sector!

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