Open and closed: State services under a shutdown

  • Updated: June 24, 2011 - 9:43 PM

Here's a list of what would be open and closed during a state government shutdown if Gov. Mark Dayton's plan is implemented.

A district court will hear his request on Thursday, and could amend Dayton's plan.

Also, some Republican state senators have asked the state Supreme Court to prevent the lower court from becoming involved in deciding what services would continue to function, so this list could remain in flux until a shutdown actually happens.

COURTS

Would remain open.

LICENSE PLATES

The state Driver and Vehicle Services division would be closed, but deputy registrars (mainly city and county offices)would be able to renew license plates.

DRIVER'S LICENSES

People will be able to renew licenses at Driver’s License agent offices (mainly city and county offices.) Driver tests would not be available.

EDUCATION

State funding to K-12 schools would stop. School districts would have to tap reserves or borrow funds to keep summer school and extended-time programs going past June 30. Crunch time would come on July 15, when schools are scheduled to receive $295 million in state funds. Superintendents have been asked to make contingency plans. Federal funds would not be distributed, teacher license renewals would not be processed and preparation for reporting statewide test assessments would cease. State services for the blind would close. More info.

HEALTH

Health Department staff could respond to a disease outbreak, operate the Poison Control Center, do limited food inspections. The department would stop annual inspections of hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities but would investigate complaints of improper care. Dayton's original filing did not include payments to health care providers to provide services to low-income people. But he said he was revising his recommendation to include payments the ensure those services, such as MinnesotaCare and Medicaid, would continue. More info.

HUMAN SERVICES

People receiving food stamps or welfare benefits would continue to receive them. Initially, Dayton said no new clients would be enrolled in those programs. A revised plan would allow newly eligible people to enroll. More info.

HIGHWAY REST STOPS

Would close.

HUNTING, FISHING LICENSES

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