3,000 state workers at risk of furlough in shutdown

3:56 PM, Oct 2, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The governor's office said Wednesday that up to 3,000 state workers are at risk of being furloughed during a prolonged government shutdown.

Those workers are funded through federal grant money according to Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter. Right now, there is no timeline for when money for individual programs may run out.

"There is no road map for a federal shutdown," said Governor Dayton's Chief of Staff Tina Flint Smith.

Those workers are in addition to an estimated 19,000 Minnesotans who work directly for the federal government.

State programs funded with federal money include meat inspection, school lunches, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children -- better known as WIC.

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