What's essential in a shutdown? State files petition to explain

What's an essential service?
We're 18 days away from a state government shutdown, and the prospect that only essential agencies and services will continue to operate.

But, what's an essential service? Attorney General Lori Swanson took a stab at that in a Ramsey County court filing today: Anything that might deprive Minnesotans of their "life, health, safety and liberty."

Let's makes sure that 9,000 prisoners and more than 600 sex offenders aren't suddenly on the street because guards aren't working, Swanson says. State Troopers must remain on the job. More than 1,000 mentally ill patients shouldn't go without care. Roughly 600,000 Minnesotans on medical assistance keep getting coverage, as should war veterans.

The AG offers these arguments:

  • Unless core services are provided, Minnesota citizens will be deprived of the rights guaranteed by the United States and Minnesota.
  • Under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, the state must administer and fund programs mandated by Congress.
  • The core functions of the Executive Branch cannot be terminated by a budget impasse.
  • Fundamental principles applicable to the f Minnesota Constitution also support the requested relief.

The point of Swanson's filing is to ask the court for as special master to determine determine a final list of essential services.


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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

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 cut?


Mn voter
Mn voter

The legislators passed a 34,000,000 dollar budget, up from $32,000,000 in the last budget. Gov Dayton veto's the balanced budget because he wants to spend untold millions more and make the citizens, the state workers and his political opponents suffer! Why - so he can raise taxes! What a fool Dayton is!

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Not millions more.  Dayton wants to spend BILLIONS more!  You need to add more zeros.

How come the Democrats have nothing to say about education cost increasing by 5-10%+ per year?We HAD TO "overhaul the whole system" when healthcare cost did the same.Dayton wants to increase the state budget by 15%+  (32 to 37 billion)Sounds quite "out of control" by the democrats own standards in comparison to the same arrangements made against private healthcare.

I wonder if the Lori Swanson(d), will stand firm on these convictions, on where there the cuts should be during a shutdown. My guess, The Liberal leadership will get to her.  They believe you're "supposed to feel it as much as possible"  

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

So it is $34,000,000,000 (billions) a $ TWO Billion dollar increase from last year, that the legislature passed but Dayton veto'd. Dayton is a bigger fool than I imagined. I feel sorry for the 23,000 state employees that will be out of work because of Dayton's wish to raise taxes.

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