Minnesota's federal employees spend weekend in limbo


Some federal employees In Minnesota will keep working regardless of whether a budget deal is reached by the Oct 1 deadline, according to the Star Tribune. The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota will continue to try cases, Veterans' Administration hospitals will still treat patients, and the U.S. Postal Service will deliver the mail.

National parks will close, though, and campers given 48 hours to pack up and leave.

“The majority of Voyageurs employees would be furloughed,” said Beth Lowthian, chief administrator at Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota.

Many of the 18,359 federal workers in Minnesota are unsure whether their jobs will be deemed essential and they will be able to keep working. The Minneapolis office field director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development said he had no information about his 82 employees as of Friday.

Newscut at MPR News lists the effects of a federal shutdown, but predicts last-minute stopgap funding.

A shutdown could cost the federal government $100 million a day, according to NBC News. In the 1995-1996 shutdown, furloughed employees were paid retroactively. This year, they have already had to take mandatory unpaid furloughs because of sequestration.

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