ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is rescinding layoff notices for about 6,000 employees because officials are now sure MnSCU will operate in a government shutdown.

System officials say they have received word from the state budget office that the office will provide the services MnSCU needs to operate even if there’s a government shutdown July 1.

MnSCU has enough reserves and tuition income to stay open through the fall term, but it needs the state budget office get access to its money.

The layoff notices were issued to certain unionized employees when it was unclear if the system would be able to operate during a shutdown.

The Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton have been unable to agree on a state budget that will keep the government running after July 1.

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Comments (4)
  1. Jake says:

    Enough reserves and tuition money to stay open through the fall term? Hey, I think I sound some more money to balance the budget!

  2. Reasonable says:

    And 6,000 less people filing for unemployment. Can’t wait to see this spun as “bad”.

  3. Liz says:

    It’s all for show anyway; make the public see we are “doing” our jobs and fighting the good fight…both parties are guilty. Money for MNSCU? What about all other state funded programs. Just how do you curry favor for a specific program…hmmm. The media circus created by the politicians as each party spins their version of what went wrong is a sad and disgusting picture of Minnesota Stop bickering and DO YOUR JOBS – you know, the one you were hired/voted to do. You may have won the vote but your job is to represent your constituents not just spew your party line. I can’t just take extra time to do my job, I as most tax payers have deadlines that you meet or very likely will LOSE YOUR JOB. I say settle on time or everybody out…get a new batch in there…couldn’t do any worse then what is currently going on.

  4. jp says:

    Here’s proof of Government waste in action; First assign hours of resources, personnel, and cost to legally review, draft, and notify 6000 workers of a layoff only to Secondly, assign similiar ‘cost’, resources, and time to recind the layoff notice once Politics have been resolved. Ridiculous, make no mistake this cost Ten’s of thousand of dollars that could have been applied to social programs.

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