MN Government Shutdown by the NumbersST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota government partially shut down for 20 days in July during a budget dispute.
By: Associated Press,
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota government partially shut down for 20 days in July during a budget dispute. On Tuesday, state officials reported that the amount of money saved in wages not paid apparently exceeded the costs of the impasse. Here's a glimpse at some key numbers:
— $65 million in payroll was saved from 19,000 workers who were idled for all or part of the shutdown even though some accessed unemployment benefits.
— 200,000 staff hours or more were redirected from normal operations to prepare for the shutdown and to restart government after it ended.
— $6.2 million was spent on shutdown preparation.
— 80 percent of state spending continued as planned during the shutdown, either because officials or a court deemed them essential.
— $49.7 million in anticipated revenue was considered permanently lost because, among other things, tax compliance officers were out of work, lottery tickets weren't being sold and state parks weren't open for paying visitors.
— 1 million pieces of correspondence went out to citizens, aid stakeholders and vendors at a cost of $552,000.
Source: Department of Minnesota Management and Budget