Dayton Details Minnesota Government Shutdown Plan By Michael McIntee | June 15, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Follow this author Click Picture To View Video Report on Dayton Offer From MNnews Press release from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s office: “It is with a heavy heart that I submitted today to Ramsey County District Court my list of those state services which should be continued in the event of a July 1st shutdown and, by their omission, those many services which should not. I consider virtually all services provided by the state to be essential, and all of them have been established by previous governors and legislatures to serve and benefit people throughout Minnesota. “My decisions were not based upon personal preferences or policy considerations. Rather, they were instructed by the words of the Minnesota Constitution, which I took an oath of office to uphold, and ensuing case law. Agency heads, their staffs, and the staff at the MN Department of Management and Budget and the Governor’s Office have spent many hours developing these recommendations. “The Minnesota Constitution states unequivocally: “No money shall be paid out of the treasury of this state except in pursuance of an appropriation by law.” (Article XI, Sect. 1.) Thus my decisions were based entirely upon which functions of state government are so critical to the protection of the lives and safety of the people of Minnesota, or which would cause disorder or severe statewide economic impact, that they should be made exceptions to this clear prohibition. “Importantly, my brief first asks the Court to order Legislative Leaders and me to engage in mediation to help us resolve our differences before July 1st to avoid a shutdown. My evaluation of critical services has persuaded me even more deeply that a shutdown would have catastrophic consequences for a great many people throughout our state. I remain fully committed to doing everything I can to reach a balanced compromise with the Legislature on a fair and balanced budget before July 1st in order to avoid a shutdown.” Attached is the Governor’s response to the Attorney General’s petition, as well as Exhibits A and B, also submitted to the Court. Recommended statewide objectives, in case of a potential Minnesota government shutdown was prepared by the Statewide Contingency Response Team, chaired by Commissioner Jim Schowalter. List of recommended priority one and priority two critical services which are recommended to continue to protect the life and safety of the people of Minnesota, in case of a government shutdown. List of Government agencies recommended to close in case of shutdown: Accountancy Board Administrative Hearings Amateur Sports Comm Architecture, Engineering Bd Arts Board Asian-Pacific Council Barber Examiners Board Behavioral Health & Therapy Bd Black Minnesotans Council Bureau of Mediation Services Campaign Fin & Public Discl Bd Capitol Area Architect Chicano/Latino Affairs Council Chiropractors Board Combative Sports Commission Cosmetologist Exam Board Dietetics & Nutrition Practice Disability Council Emergency Medical Services Bd Explore Minnesota Tourism Gambling Control Board Higher Ed Facilities Authority Human Rights Dept Humanities Commission Indian Affairs Council Lottery Marriage & Family Therapy Medical Practice Board Minn Conservation Corps Nursing Board Nursing Home Admin Board Ombudsperson for Families Optometry Board Peace Officers Board (POST) Pharmacy Board Physical Therapy Board Podiatric Medicine Board Private Detective Board Psychology Board Racing Commission Social Work Board Tax Court Uniform Laws Commission Veterinary Medicine Board Water & Soil Resources Board Workers Comp Court of Appeals Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.