What the federal government shutdown means for Minnesota

The shutdown is now in effect. So what happens next?
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Deeply divided over funding for President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, Congress was unable to come up with a spending bill on Friday – and now a big chunk of the federal government is officially closed until an agreement can be reached.

So will it impact Minnesota, and if so, how?

Federal offices in MN

Minnesota is home to four federal courthouses and five federal buildings, according to the General Services Administration. 

And as USA Today points out, the shutdown affects nine government departments (Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development), so there's a good chance any business you have with the federal government in Minnesota may have to wait.

However, at this point it isn't clear which of those offices may suspend services amid the shutdown – but check beforehand or call ahead if you're going to any of them. 

Federal employees in MN

According to government figures compiled by Governing.com, there are 16,630 federal employees and hundreds of active duty military personnel in Minnesota. 

"It was not immediately clear how many Minnesota employees would be affected," the Star Tribune reports. 

National parks

National Parks are among those federal facilities facing partial or complete closure, and according to Explore Minnesota, there are five sites in the state – Voyageurs National Park, Grand Portage National Monument, Pipestone National Monument, Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, North Country National Scenic Trail, plus two national forests. 

The current status of each of these sites is hard to tell, as their websites are not being updated due to the shutdown.

Economic impacts, travel, and more

If you're counting on Social Security checks, don't worry – as USA Today notes, their delivery will not be affected during the shutdown. 

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will also not be impacted; however, as WeAreIowa points out, a prolonged shutdown could affect the program's funding. 

And if you're flying somewhere for the holidays, your plans shouldn't be disrupted, with CNN reporting TSA agents and FAA flight controllers will be on the job as usual. 

As for the economic impact on Minnesota, we should be okay for the time being. 

“Short term we don’t see an immediate effect, but the long term nature of this makes us concerned,” Myron Frans, Minnesota's top budget official, told the Star Tribune.  

In other words, like WIC, there shouldn't be any problems – as long as the shutdown doesn't last too long. 

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