Impact to be felt in Minnesota if government shutdown not averted


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.

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