The federal government shutdown is now affecting Minnesota jobs. The state will lay off 105 health department workers immediately, and thousands of other federal workers in the state will face the same fate. And Congress appears to be standing still. According to Congressman Erik Paulsen’s office, he skipped out on his own event Monday to head back to Washington to work on ending the shutdown. Some disappointed constituents, like Michael Waring of Edina, said they wanted to talk with him about ending the shutdown – even if it means joining with Democrats to do it.
We’ve heard recently about furloughs for FAA air traffic controllers which have been suspended, but there is another agency facing funding cuts: NOAA, which could jeopardize the safety of all Minnesotans when severe weather strikes.
There’s big news Friday if you’re planning to take a trip anytime soon. Late Thursday night, Congress made a move to alleviate flight delays caused by the furloughs of air traffic controllers.
Heading to the airport? Be sure to pack your patience. The FAA has begun furloughing its employees, including air traffic controllers, starting Sunday.
Air Traffic Controllers have been told they will receive letters by Monday that will outline how the automatic cuts in federal spending will affect their jobs.