Thousands Of Layoff Notices Sent To State Employees

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Minnesota’s Department of Management and Budget announced Thursday that it sent out 36,000 layoff notices to state employees by U.S. Mail.

Those employees should begin receiving the notices by Friday or Saturday.

It notifies state workers they will be ordered to stay home from work without pay for an indefinite period of time because the state doesn’t have any money.

At the Capitol, lawmakers continued bickering over who’s to blame.

Frustrated republicans hammered Gov. Mark Dayton for proposing huge tax hikes and not saying what he’ll spend it on.

“The rhetoric is unbelievable,” said Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen. “To say that our budget is somehow draconian, horrible and drastic for Minnesota, when just a little more — $1.8 billion — makes all the difference?  Between huge thunderclouds and beautiful rainbows and blue skies? I don’t think so.”

DFL Minority Leader Rep. Paul Thissen said that’s just not the case.

“I don’t think, Sen. Ortmann, that the governor thinks any budget that’s passed by this legislature is gonna be rainbows, happy rainbows and all those things. I think everybody understands that any budget we pass is going to have serious consequences for the state of Minnesota,” he said.

On Wednesday, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities prepared 6,000 layoff notices for its staff.

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  1. Carl says:

    I’ll bet none of the top 2% wage earners’ children experience a disruption in their education. Social conservatives fear a well educated citizenry.

    1. jimmy says:

      This is what the GOP has wanted since they were first sworn in.

      1. Gary says:

        Go back to your room Jimmy. Your ignorance is showing

  2. jimmy says:

    The greedy top 2% will force a a state shut down instead of paying their fair share.

  3. Mr. E says:

    at 0.42 cents per stamp and 36,000 layoff notices that is costing tax payers $15,120

    1. DARREN says:

      isn’t it .44cents?

  4. politics as usual says:

    No compromise is not helping anyone. When are the people of this state, country ever going to get some people in office that are going to put their differences aside and work for the people? This is just getting pathetic that no matter who it is it is the same as it was. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” is the phrase I am looking for. GOP, DEM it does not matter, they can never get along and it is starting to seem like they are gangs, they will not play well with each other because of the colors they have on. I say recall everyone and then we should start fresh with no private donations to ANY of these idiots. You want in you pay for it yourself so you have no special interest group to have to pay back. Before anyone claims Dayton did that, yes he paid a lot to get in but it was not all his money. I am just sick of the “business as usual that seems to play out every time we have an election. I also think that if you run on an idea and do not come through or even try it, you cannot hold public office again. It is about time that these idiots remember they work for Americans, not the other way around. I do not think it is too much to ask for to have an election where you do not have to pick the lesser of 2 evils, not asking for the world itself here.

    1. Both parties are Hypocrites says:

      There are so many people who believe the same, but continue to vote party lines. In the state of Minnesota you could put in any candidate in either party,
      and the voting percentages for each party would be virtually the same.
      Both parties are such hypocrites, I think they truly believe all the lies they say.
      Has either party ever read the book ” The Boy Who Cried Wolf’. Maybe some honest young school children should read it to them next time the parties are on
      the floor boring each other to sleep.

  5. Jeff says:

    Please get this done. My wife and I have our first child on the way, and can’t afford to be without a paycheck. We both work, we need to buy a home, and get ready for the baby. There are 30,000+ stories like mine. Some better and some worse. Please stop the political posing and get this done. Do it for the people, not yourselves.

    1. Vickie says:

      Not to mention those of us who have already done the work for our salary. Many professors work 9 months and are only paid for 9 months, but have the option to spread those payments out for 12. We completed our work a month ago, yet are still owed the rest of our salary. We won’t get paid for work completed if an agreement isn’t met. I blame both parties.

    2. Darren says:

      30,000 state employees are out of a paycheck, what about the other people that have been out of jobs the past year or more. Why do you state workers only think of yourselves?

      1. CeeCee says:

        What are you talking about Darren?!?!? We are hard working people with families to take care of just like any other Minnesota citizen!! Don’t blame state worker’s for all of this!! You people that continue to blame us state workers for just thinking of “ourselves” need to stop thinking that way!! We need our jobs just like any other human being! It is not our fault that people have been unemployed.. You have every opportunity to find employment like the rest of us. Just because we work for the “state” doesn’t give you the right to label us the way you!! If it is going to make you feel better that over 36,000 people are now going to be without a job to provide for their families, shut it down, shut it all down! Maybe it is time for a reality check for the citizen’s of Minnesota that think so poorly of us “state employee’s” for everything we do to provide service’s that some take for granted….

        1. Jeff says:

          I agree with CeeCee Darren. I don’t think any of the state employees in this situation would deminish what has happened to many many others that have lost thier jobs or been laid off. If you look back to previous stories about big business, such as HTI going down, there is a lot of support. The anger was not directed at the workers, but the CEO’s. It is the same here. We are all people. Just becasue we are state workers doesn’t take away from our personal situations. EVERY person in MN has a situation. it happens to be that we are going through this right now.

  6. Victim Du Jour says:

    Doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, have kids, no kids, single, married or middle class.

    14th Amendment says everyone pays the same in taxes.

  7. Johnson says:

    Is this all the jobs republicans promised to make?

    What a bunch of wimps! Can’t wait for 2012 to vote all those chumps out!

    …and Cravaack is driving around a car with a $1000 per month payment on the taxpayers dime…

    Republican voters are so ignorant…

  8. Mike says:

    Raising taxes is no way to improve an economy, Jimmie Carter tried it and failed.

    The best way to improve the econonmy is to get the money out of the banks and into circulation. Money in circulation also improves consumer confidence.

    One man with all that power to raise taxes… sounds like a dictator

    a wealthy dictator

    1. joan says:

      mark dayton…. wealthy ceo from a former department store….

  9. Randy says:

    The only Governor worst than Dayton was Pawlenty

  10. bb says:

    This is the fault of the Republican party since they hold the majority, unwilling to compromise or show some compromise. Send them back home next election as they are all about the rich and not the interests of the majority. The republicans are a failure, Dayton hold your ground, shut down and let the Repubs take their consequences for not doing what is good for all in the end.

    1. DARREN says:

      They did their jobs, they gave a bill for a budget to the Governor, the Governor’s job is to sign it or he can do what Pawlenty did and line item Veto the things he doesnt’ like, but no he denies the entire bill. Now that is not doing his job as govenor.

  11. DARREN says:

    So at .44cents multiply that by 36,000.00 is about $17,000.00diollars just to let the employees know they are layed off, i can guarantee that everyone of them knows that they are going to be laid off but yet they have to be sent a letter?

    More taxpayer money wasted.

  12. CeeCee says:

    CeeCee says:
    June 10, 2011 at 3:16 am
    What are you talking about Darren?!?!? We are hard working people with families to take care of just like any other Minnesota citizen!! Don’t blame state worker’s for all of this!! You people that continue to blame us state workers for just thinking of “ourselves” need to stop thinking that way!! We need our jobs just like any other human being! It is not our fault that people have been unemployed.. You have every opportunity to find employment like the rest of us. Just because we work for the “state” doesn’t give you the right to label us the way you!! If it is going to make you feel better that over 36,000 people are now going to be without a job to provide for their families, shut it down, shut it all down! Maybe it is time for a reality check for the citizen’s of Minnesota that think so poorly of us “state employee’s” for everything we do to provide service’s that some take for granted….

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  13. Joe Hanson says:

    “Governor Mark Dayton, leading Minnesota to a Government shutdown…”

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