Budget stalemate means state employees to begin receiving layoff notices


Layoff notices are expected to start going out to nearly 9,500 state employees on Monday.

State employee unions require that workers receive 30-day notices, triggered by the countdown to a partial government shutdown. The layoffs could begin July 1 if a budget deal isn't reached.

KARE 11 reports that DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans remain at odds over how much of the state's budget surplus to plug into public schools; the two sides are $50 million apart.

WCCO adds that Dayton has dropped his push for universal pre-kindergarten and asked for an additional $150 million in education spending. Republicans haven’t publicly shared their counter offers.

Lawmakers won’t attend a special session until an agreement is made, but Gov. Dayton is expected to call a special session by July 1, when the budget needs to be in place. If there is no agreement by then, layoffs will begin.

Two thousand of the layoff notices are expected to be delivered to AFSCME members, the state's largest public workers union in Minnesota.

"State employees are used to shutdowns. We've had two in the last 10 years," Jennifer Munt, AFSCME public affairs director, told KARE 11.

"We make sure people know that we're doing everything we can to avoid a shutdown. We start setting up food shelves and everything for workers who don't know how they'll feed their families without a paycheck coming in." Munt said.

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