How Are You Affected By The Shutdown?

Minnesota’s state government shutdown that started July 1 will have economic ripples statewide and the only thing that’s certain is that the longer it goes, the wider they’ll spread.

The shutdown means no work for 22,000 state employees who will be reluctant to make discretionary purchases. And those employees are scattered in communities throughout the state.

We want to know how you have been affected by a possible shutdown. Are you one of the people out of a job and a paycheck or is there a specific state service that is now gone? Send us an email to or feel free to leave a comment below.

  • Dennis from Elk River

    I am so releived that “OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES” get to take a few days off from the stress of doing absolutley nothing over the past several months!
    How would they behave if they actually had to act responsible like adults.
    They should all be banned from taking part in any and all 4th celebrations. I would hate to see the stress return!
    BOTH SIDES IN THIS GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dean

    This is just a taste to what will happen if the states and federal government do not get their runaway spending under control. Better to realize this now before its too late!

  • Alfred

    The Republicans passed a balanced budget that increased spending by two billion dollars.

    This is all on Dayton.

    Let him know how you feel here:

    • What?

      This is the same as saying Dayton offered his plan for the budget and the republicans refued so it is all on the republicans. Get a clue. They are all at fault!

      • Mark

        That’s faulty information……Dayton has never offered a plan, just refused to sign the one that was passed by our congress.

    • Michael

      Unfortunately, the increase they propose only replaces some of the money that has been cut in the past years. This is not an increase, it is only getting back to where it should have been four years ago. Our system has so many problems, but it normally works. A few people do take advantage and abuse the system like food stamps. But most people just need the system to help them get on their feet. Now, most of the safety net is gone.

    • northern minnesotan and red lake member

      wake up and smell the coffee,. if you are payingattention. look at what is happening nationaly with the republilcans.. who are they trying to protect. it is certainlyl not the people of this state. here in northern minnesota the wages are nto the same as the metro area but the cost of living is equal.. i work with young couples to move them from wlefare to work and it requires both the parents wo work. and a vast amjority of these couple have been able to make it on their own with out cash assistance but would get some help with child care. now guess what. one of the parenst have to leave their jobs because the chilc care providers are turning them away. and some will need to return to assistance to feed their families.. unless you actually work in the field you have no idea what some people are facing. whar happened the previous 8 yrs. 100’s of thousands of jobs wernt over sees and those business were given pbreaks for that . look at when our last governor was in we had a surplus and basicaly over night went to a deficit….now medical companies can in essence take away everything a sr american has worked all their life for because of medical bills… so let me ask who really runs this country. it not gov’t it’s who has the money. i am not just talking wal-street (the real high roller gamblers), what aobut professional atheletes, musicians,,oil and insurance companies. what about the drug cartels and the highly organized gangs. if you watch news from other parts of the world they see us as a crumbling nation. i’d like to put this put there. for the extremely wealthy. only you can help by giving back to your country or in this case your state. just like the young men an women serving minnesota and the usa in the armed forces. like a lot of us in mn htat have served this st and country for over 20 years./// but no i cannot even return to work to move people form wlelfare to work because our workforce centers are closed. look beyond the headlines people

  • person

    The state must be saving us some money with not having to pay 22,000 for wages right now. I know that also means they are not getting taxes from that money. But i would think the state is still coming ahead with being shut down. I wonder how long they would need to stay shut to make up what we are short. Just a thought.

    • Anon

      The state is losing millions each day. Just a fact.

      • person

        How are they losing millions per day?

        • Edgar

          Lost revenue from the lottery, state parks, the zoo. The latter two which still need money to operate as there are expenses. Independent business that need state inspectors to continue their work are shut down. Lost wages at places like Canterbury and road construction. No one will be able to be hired in health care as there are no criminal background checks being done. Are you really that sheltered that you could think of anything?

          • person

            you should reread your post. It should have stated. Couldn’t you think of anything. Nope guess i couldn’t think of anything that didn’t really matter to me. Them people will all have there jobs back once the shut down is over.

            • Edgar

              Lost revenue is lost revenue. You were the one asking how. If you can not figure out that lost revenue has to be made up somewhere like more taxes and fees, then you really ought to reconsider you thinking skills

              • Guy

                Maybe we should get the state OUT of all of that. Let the zoo & parks survive on user fees/admissions. Get rid of most goverment inspectors – they certainly did
                a really wonderful job on the old 35W bridge didn’t they? Let the health care companies use private credit/background checks….

                • Dale

                  Your lack of knowledge is what is. There have been plenty of reports that it was not on the bridge inspectors. Keep up the good work of posting what you know little about.

            • Mary

              You are mistaken. State employees may have their jobs back once the shut down is over, but once employees return to their jobs they could face layoffs.

          • Pete

            Don’t forget that the state is self insured – 12 million a week for unemployment and an additional 30 million a month for insurance (yes – the state will continue to provide insurance for state employees). The shutdown will, in fact, cost way more than it will save. One little fact is ignored in all this – The republicans have never explained how not taxing the top 1.9 % of Minnesotans creates any jobs or helps the economy. I can tell you how it hurts the economy a number of different ways. At least the republicans number one priority of protecting the wealthy at all costs is out in the open. Don’t believe me – the first republican passed tax increase in Wisconsin was on the people with the lowest incomes. The republicans eliminated almost all the low income credits. The new motto – tax the poor and save the wealthy.

            • Michael

              Have to agree with you. All the comments about new taxes on health care – what was it going to cost the wealth? If I hear right about $2,200 a year. Yet, all the reports said that the wealth would have to lay people off, or not hire new employees over $2200 a year? If you were talking about $40,000 a year, maybe employers would not hire one employee. Even one employee making $14.00 an hour costs an employer about $4350.00 a month when you include unemployment insurance, Social Security, Medicare, taxes, etc. I know, I have a part time business that is taxed to death. Unless I charge more than $40.00 an hour for my employees working, I do not make any money.

    • collecting unemployment needlessly

      um…..there’s more than just state workers affected…..both racing tracks are down…..which the MRC (Minnesota racing commission) was already paid BY the tracks…..just because they are a minnesota comission they felt the need to shut them down and put thousands out of work…If anyone has any idea how I can sue the state for my lost wages….let me know….It’s time they are held accountable for their foolish posturing and arrogant acts….BOTH SIDES ARE TO BLAME AND NIETHER FEEL THE EFFECTS OF ALL MINNESOTA/AMERICAN PEOPLE

    • northern minnesotan and red lake member

      what kind of perks do your congress pople get its a lot more than those 2200 aformentioned state employees. does it save. for the state emplyees layed off the state has to pay them severance plus sick leave and they will beeligible for unemployment benes after that. for the employees of non-profits (who get paid less especially the younger staff it’s going to be devestating. although it may save in the long run it doens’t immediately.

  • Keep it closed

    Who’s going to check my lottery tickets?

  • Ken Newoften

    This is great!!! Expenses should be down – fewer salaries, fewer utilities, no one spending the money. The budget should balance by itself under these conditions. KEEP it UP!!

  • mn resident

    Dear MN Lawmakers, Last year I mismanaged my funds and this year my spouse and I cannot decide on a budget. Until we have come to a unified decision that fits all of our needs and interests, we will have to shut down our checkbook and will no longer be able to pay our taxes. I’m sure you’ll understand. Thank you very much for setting an example we can all follow.

    • Darren

      That is awesome!

      • Michael

        Right on the mark!!!

  • Steve

    Dayton is all about class warfare. Hold out for spending cuts.

    • Mary Rogers

      The class warfare also includes protecting the uber rich at the sacrifice of the little guy – hold out for fair, proportionate taxation!

      • northern minnesotan and red lake member

        that’s exactly right. it effects the working class not the rich or poor

  • KED

    The shutdown is saving me a few bucks on the Lottery; thanks Gov. P.S. Dayton, you were not elected with a mandate. You were elected by a third party spoiler, the Republicans were elected with a huge mandate to cut spending taking power for the first time in decades in a democratic state.

    • Pete

      The republicans were not elected with a hugh mandate to cut spending – they were elected in close elections because the only thing they talked about was creating jobs. So far the only bills they passed eliminate jobs. They even wasted taxpayers dollars on hiring a private firm to support their financial stance because the non-partisan tax research office produced numbers showing the budget the republicans proposed would do more damage than good. And – just for the record – their budget would proceed the largest property tax increase in the history of Minnesota. No matter what anyone says, the republicans have produced no good arguement for their holdout and every single poll on this issue says raise the taxes on the wealthiest 2%.

      • legal immigrant

        Of course. There are way more people that want a handout than people who make a lot of money. That doesn’t make it right….

      • Jason

        Pete, speaking for myself I voted republican to cut spending. Tired of nanny state government. I Need more freedom for myself and my family, and im not going to give that up for some crummy government handout.

        • Citizen

          @Jason. Yet the social engineering projects on the GOP agenda (which they worked on exclusively instead of the budget for most of the session), would have cost many millions in taxpayer dollars and increased the presence of Minnesota state government in your life. Less freedom, Jason, not more. Bigger government, not less. Contrary to what the GOP told you… Their proposals actually created a bigger nanny state with MORE regulation. The picture ID bill alone would have cost $14 to $20 million dollars PER YEAR to implement, required more election judges at the polls, and more election equipment purchased and maintained. And so it goes with the GOP hypocrisy.

          • legal immigrant

            I am sorry to tell you, but the picture ID bill is necessary… If it also creates some jobs, that’s great! :)

  • Rico Suave

    I couldn’t care less. I’m not riding in the wagon so I’m not worried. I’m one of the decreasing number who are pulling it. If anything, our life will be easier for a while. At least until the liberal mob errupts and starts doing damage like they did when they didn’t get their way at the ballot box in Wisconsin and did millions in damage there. Then we’ll see who elected Dayton.

    • Jake

      No kidding. I think it’s time to start traveling to WI and IA to buy some of those taxable goods that MN LOVES TO TAX TO DEATH (wink, wink). Time to starve the beast. No gov’t, no taxes.

  • Ironic?

    The Dislocated Worker’s programs are considered ‘Non-essential” during the shutdown. Receiving unemployment is not the same as having access to the support that thousands of unemployed Minnesotan’s have now lost access to. This is not just about state employees. This impacts taxpayers who were previously employed by the private sector and have been in search of employment for weeks/months due to layoffs. The trickle-down effect continues with the taxpayers who have been working and providing these support services via non-profits.

    • Michael

      Now it is more like years before a laid-off worker can find work. I know, I have been there. Two years to get a job, and that is making 50% of what I was making before. If you include the underemployed like me or the unemployed who have run out of unemployment, the unemployment figure is more like 17%, not 9% like the government would have you believe. Our government shutdown and soon the federal government shut down. What do you think that will do to our economy. Take a look at Greece. We are heading in that direction now.



    • Michael

      I have a good solution. Lock them all in three rooms. One room for the talks, and the other two rooms – one for the Democrats and one for the Republicans. When they need to leave the talks, they go to their respective room and receive a beating. That would get the talks moving.

  • Greg

    A little detour here, no renewed license there, no biggie right?

  • fmf

    i am so happy i came from houston tx to camp and fish in mn you will never see any of my money ever again thanks dayton

    • person

      please go back to Texas!

      • Dayton... losing!

        Oh shut up and count your food stamps, loser.

      • northern minnesotan and red lake member


  • Guy

    Huh ??? Shutdown you say?? Oh my … oh NO!!! … We’re DOOOOOMMMMEEED!!
    However shal we survive without someone from the goverment to watch over us and wipe our noses … and but ts.

  • bill

    More government needs to be shut down.

  • jan

    The state could cut waste. The U sent me a questionaire on how I take care of my young children and I am 80 years old. The U also sent me two mailings about lawn care, two pages each that would fit easily into an envelope with 44 cents postage but they sent it in a manilla envelope and paid $1.08 postage. It seems like a small amount but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We need to hire efficiency experts and give pink slips to those who waste our money

  • Steve

    If I tell my employer that I am not going to do my job, my employer fires me and finds someone else to do it.

    This could be a simple solution to shutting down government. The elected aren’t doing their job. Fire all of them.

    Oh, and how about the fact that they still collect taxes and, just to top it off, tax refunds are what? SHUT DOWN!

  • Darren

    Government shut down? Doesn’t bother me one bit. Stay that way!

  • Rico Suave

    Here’s and idea: Let’s all just go on the dole, then sell our food stamps and welfare checks on the street and send the cash in to the Bachmann campaign. I know, I wouldn’t do it because I have too much self respect to be seen at the welfare office, but it’s a great fantasy isn’t it?

  • Worried what this will do

    Tim & Michelle, get out of the running for Gov. of US. I wouldn’t vote for someone who’s from MN with what is going on there. Get your home state politicians to straighten up!

  • David

    Why don’t you people stop blaming this person and that party. This is just what the “politicians” you seem to abhor are doing placing the blame or trying to so you people are no better than them. You could sign a petition and with enough people submit it to a judge for a recall of your politicians this is an option you know. Stop blaming and try to come up some ideas to fix this problem. I have given you one option. Anybody else?

    • Common Man

      Keep the things open that make money, keep a few other thing that are really needed to support the economy and let the rest sit. See after a month or two what we really need. Ever have a family budget cut and find out …wow , we can get by with out that..etc Most government jobs do nothing to support the economy. Note: Taking money from one person to pay another does not support the economy.

  • Kally

    The MN State government is so backwards that they shut down things that make money…? that is insane. Why are the things that make money not open? If some services stay open (Highway patrol etc) then there must be options for paying some people while not paying others. Some one tell me a good reason why they shut down thing that make so much money… lottery, race tracks etc…. what a bunch of stupid insane fools we have running our state. This is so sad. PS. All State Union workers will get back pay so no whining please…

    • Ali

      They have to shut down things that people like and support with money. If they did not do that we would see that we could do with out most of the do nothing state public union jobs and get rid of them. See when someone says right off…Lost revenue from the lottery, state parks, the zoo, race tracks… if these were not closed, the state would make make money on them and most people would care less about the other stuff. The Public Unions must be behind the shutting down the good things that make money. Think about it….

      • Michael

        Try getting a vehicle title or a driver’s license without us. Try getting the roads fixed, bridges replaced, public transportation, water, power, sewer without us. Try living in a well build safe house without us inspecting the work. Try living with the criminals running free. Or the lottery, gambling, horseracing, vehicle inspections, safe pipelines, etc. Remember the gas explosions in the twin cities? Do you think that there would be manditory inspections, digging up every faulty connection in most of Anoka County if the state workers were not there? Fat chance – it would be so what, too bad, tough luck. Your problem, not mine. Government helps, regulation helps. Wake up dude, before the money grabbers plow you under literallty.

    • Julie

      All State Union workers will get back pay so no whining please…. why will they get back pay. they were all given lay off notices. So doesn’t that mean they will not get back pay???

      • Common Man

        NO, in every past government shut down the Public union employees got payed for every day they missed. It is called vote buying plain and simple. Please do not be fooled by Public union people. Remember in a few years they will go on strike and then a shut down will be a good thing and then they will also get back pay just like every other time that happened. Are you starting to see a pattern here?

        • laid off

          That is not true. I’ve been involved in both shut downs, in 2005 we only received half of our pay back. In this shut down we are eligible for unemployment; we cannot get backpay and collect unemployment. If we would get backpay, which won’t happen we would have to repay unemployment. Being involved in a shutdown is stressful and time consuming. Because of the shutdown I was unable to plan any activities with my family because if your critical you had to report to work and if you were non-critical you didn’t. I was not sure of my role until the judge ruled.

          • jordanj

            ! What about the one week waiting period for unemployment…who will you receive that from.

            • laid off

              We will be missing one week pay like anyone else that collects unemployment benefits.

  • lisa

    David. That option stinks. It would take to long. Because they would want everyone that signed it checked out to make sure they are for real and of age to sign it. Haven’t we learned enough from other recalls yet??????

  • Ferris Lind

    I hope the Vikings go to LA . MN doesn’t deserve anything positive

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