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Friday, July 01, 2011

State Government Shutdown

The shutdown of state government will have significant impacts on the City of Minneapolis. 

Before the shutdown, Public Works crews had to scramble to finish projects that are funded by the state, or by federal funds that have passed through the state, before the first, to avoid disruptions.  The Council has authorized legal action to require the State of Minnesota to make Local Government Aid (LGA) payments during the shutdown.  The City has taken on some functions normally provided by the state, including electrical inspections.  Some City departments are more impacted than others: for instance, 60% of the Department of Health and Family Support face layoffs in a prolonged shutdown.  The longer the shutdown continues, the greater the possibility for impact on the City of Minneapolis.

However, it's important to note that, if the Republicans in the legislature get their way, the short-term impacts of the government shutdown on Minneapolis will be dwarfed by the long-term impact of the withdrawal of Local Government Aid.


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