A look at key services that would be affected by Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal. A district court will hear his request on June 23.


Only the most critical Health Department functions would continue. 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. Only 189 of Health's usual 1,450 employees would stay on the job.

Human Services would enroll no new clients for food stamps, health or welfare programs after June 30. Those already getting direct benefits would continue to receive them, but organizations that provide to poor, disabled or aged clients would not be paid during a shutdown. The state would stop Medicaid payments to nursing homes that provide for nearly 20,000 sick and elderly. The Minnesota Senior LinkAge line and the Minnesota Disability Linkage line, which refer callers to programs, would be suspended.


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. Some 400 Education Department officials have already gotten layoff notices. 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.


Most state-funded road construction projects would stop, except for emergency repairs. The Central Corridor light-rail line construction would continue, because its funding has already been appropriated or comes from other sources. The Metropolitan Council could use its reserves to keep buses and rail lines operating for at least a month. Highway rest stops would close.


Half of the 300 state employees of the Department of Military Affairs would be laid off. The remaining 150 would focus on maintaining security at Minneapolis and Duluth air bases and securing arms and equipment statewide. Camp Ripley would keep support staff for scheduled military training. Guard members training for deployments are on federal active-duty status and would not be affected by a state shutdown.

The Department of Veterans Affairs would keep veterans homes open, along with critical assistance programs and the state Veterans Cemetery. Tuition reimbursement claims would stop and veterans' outreach claims offices would close.


The Minnesota State Lottery would close. Canterbury Park would be forced to close and lay off its 1,100 employees. Running Aces harness track would also close. No new gambling licenses would be issued. Bingo and pulltabs would continue but without state oversight.


State parks would close to the public on July 1. Conservation officers would continue enforcement and the state's bison herd and hatcheries would be maintained, along with other critical services. No hunting or fishing licenses would be issued.


State Patrol would stay on. State crime labs would stay open, as would emergency communications for Homeland Security. The state Capitol Complex would keep its security detail.

The state's prison system would keep 3,600 of its 4,200 employees, including most of those who deal directly with offenders. Officials say they cannot disclose details for security reasons.

Motor vehicle services would stop, including driver's license examinations, renewals and tabs.


The state Revenue Department would continue processing revenue deposits, but no refund checks would go out. Tax Court would be closed.

Staff writers Warren Wolfe, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Eric Roper, Pat Doyle, Mark Brunswick, Norm Draper, Jean Hopfensperger and Katie Humpheys contributed to this report.