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With less than an hour before a state government shutdown, Republican legislative leaders and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton have failed to reach a budget agreement.
Without a budget deal in place, the state government will shut down at midnight, forcing more than 22,000 state employees out of work, halting highway construction projects and closing state parks and rest stops. Only the state government functions deemed critical by a Ramsey County judge will continue Friday.
CLOSED OR SUSPENDED:
- State parks: 66 state parks and six recreation areas are closed indefinitely. Gates are shuttered and campgrounds are dark.
- State lottery: Ticket sales have ceased. People with winning tickets in hand can’t redeem them for cash.
- Hunting, fishing licenses: If you don’t have it by now, you can’t get one. But the DNR will still enforce the law.
- Highway rest stops: Most are closed. Three that partner with local agencies will stay open, including: Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center, Park Rapids Area Welcome Center and the Floodwood rest area.
- Driver’s licenses: Driving tests are not permitted, but licenses can be renewed at a driver’s license agent office.
- License tabs: State DVS offices will be closed, but deputy registrars could renew plates. City and county offices can also distribute tabs and renew plates.
- Road construction: All non-emergency projects have been stopped.
- Services for the blind: A radio reading program, training to walk with a cane and services to provide magnifiers are halted.
- Services for the deaf: Programs, such as one that provides special telephones to hearing or speech impaired, stopped.
- Minnesota Zoo: Closed to visitors, but some staff will continue to care for animals.
- Historical sites: From Fort Snelling to Split Rock Lighthouse, historical sites are closed.
- Hotline for seniors: Seniors in need of housing, help with health insurance or other options won’t be able to use the hotline.
- Child care assistance: Low-income parents aren’t getting funding to cover cost of day care.
- Tax refunds: They aren’t going out. But taxes are still being collected.
- Nurses and doctors: They can’t renew their licenses – and may be unable to see patients if their licenses expire.
- Veterans and the military: Tuition reimbursements claims stop, as do veterans’ outreach claims.
- State Capitol: Closed to the public.
Originally posted by queenofsheba
I'm from Mn and today we headed up North and passed this overlook, and they had barricades up. Really? Barricades? Oh, my goodness you can't pass through to look down at the lake. Like ya couldn't just drive through the ditch to get through. What, they're gonna arrest ya if you pass through? Too funny.