Skip to main content

Impact to be felt in Minnesota if government shutdown not averted

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The impact of a looming shutdown by the federal government would be felt across the state. The shutdown would begin on Tuesday if Congress can’t agree on the nation’s next budget. The budget is tied to the start of the Affordable Care Act, also knows as Obamacare.

The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Congressional delegation voted along party lines, with the state's five DFL Congressional representatives voting not to defund the government and the three GOP Representatives voting yes.

The St Cloud Times reports the Waite Park offices of the Farm Service Agency and National Resource Conservation Service have been told they would close during a shutdown. More than 1,100 military technicians who support the Minnesota National Guard could be furloughed.; about 350 of those are stationed at Camp Ripley near Little Falls.

U.S. State Department workers wouldn’t be around to process visa and passport applications. National parks, including Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota, also could face closure.

MinnPost reports that Minnesota families that receive government assistance for food also have something to worry about. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is scheduled to end Oct. 1. Last year this program, formerly widely known as food stamps, was paid to more than a quarter of a million households in the state.

No disruption in payouts of Medicaid, Social Security, and Supplemental Social Security is expected. The U.S. Postal Service would keep functioning and the VA Health Care System would stay open.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-20 at 6.49.01 AM

Deadly night in St. Paul sees 3 people killed, 1 arrest so far

The three incidents bring St. Paul's homicide total up to 18 this year.

police lights

2 killed in broad daylight drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale

The identities of the victims have not been released.

Seatbelted driver.

Road deaths involving unbelted people rose again in 2021

This is the second year in a row that the number has gone up.

hennepin sheriff hutchinson screengrab facebook

Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson on paid leave for health reasons

The sheriff, who was recently convicted of drunk-driving, is set to stand down later this year.

Crane Lake

Flooding expected to worsen in MN's Arrowhead region

Hundreds of private homes are at-risk in northern St. Louis County.

St. Paul Police crash

St. Paul police: Kids in stolen car rammed squad, hid in porta-potty

The incident sent the Minnesota Capitol into a brief lockdown.

IMG_7030

Watch: Storm updates after heavy hail slams Twin Cities

Sven Sundgaard is providing an update after Thursday's flash hail storm.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP apologizes over antisemitic sequence in candidate's campaign video

Party leader says candidate didn't know the imagery perpetuated an antisemitic trope.

storm, severe

Tornado, severe thunderstorm watches issued in Minnesota

In addition to possible tornadoes, there is a threat for damaging winds and very large hail.

House sale keys door

High prices, stiff competition putting off homebuyers in Twin Cities

Prices continue to rise in the metro, but there are signs of buyer fatigue.

Screen Shot 2022-05-19 at 1.59.51 PM

Series of explosions at manufacturing plant injures 6 in Wisconsin

The blast rocked the Wisconsin town just before 7:45 a.m.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Medford man dies in Le Sueur County crash

The 49-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Related