What operations will be open, closed

  • Updated: July 1, 2011 - 9:13 AM
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The Woodbury interstate rest area along westbound I-94 was closed with construction cones blocking the entrance ramp to the facility Thursday morning, June 30th, 2011

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Based on Wednesday's ruling by Judge Kathleen Gearin, here is what would be open and closed during a state shutdown.

COURTS

Would remain open at all levels.

LICENSE PLATES

State Driver and Vehicle Services Division would be closed, but deputy registrars could renew license plates. Driver's license exams would not be available.

DRIVER'S LICENSES

People will be able to renew licenses at driver's license agent offices. Driver tests would not be available.

EDUCATION

State funding for K-12 schools would continue, but the state Education Department would largely be closed.

HEALTH/HUMAN SERVICES

Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, food stamps, welfare benefits, child support payments, county child protection services, refugee assistance, supplemental aid and some services for disabled people would continue. Child-care assistance, services for the deaf, Senior and Disability linkage lines, criminal background checks and food shelf distributions would stop.

HIGHWAY REST STOPS

Would close.

HUNTING, FISHING LICENSES

Would not be issued. DNR officers would continue enforcement.

MILITARY/VETERANS

Veterans homes would stay open, along with critical assistance programs. Tuition reimbursement claims would stop and veterans' outreach claims offices would close.

MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Would remain open.

MINNESOTA STATE LOTTERY

Would close.

PUBLIC SAFETY

State Patrol would stay on. The state's prison system would keep 3,600 of its 4,200 employees, including most of those who deal directly with offenders. Local police will likely be unaffected, since the state will still send local government aid.

RACE TRACKS

Canterbury Park and Running Aces would close.

STATE PARKS

Would close.

STILLWATER LIFT BRIDGE

Would remain open.

TAXES

Taxes would be collected, but no refund checks would go out. Tax Court would be closed.

TRANSPORTATION

Most state-funded road construction projects would stop, except for emergency repairs. Twin Cities buses and rail lines would continue operating. South-metro bus lines would keep operating.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Would be paid.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Would remain open

MINNESOTA ZOO

Would close to the public.

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