Minnesota's shutdown would jack up jobless rate

  • Article by: DEE DePASS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 1, 2011 - 9:25 AM

The amount of economic pain inflicted by a government shutdown will depend mostly on how long it lasts, officials said.

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noinkJul. 1, 11 9:40 AM

If Governor Dayton had signed the $34,000,000,000 budget presented to him the state of Minnesota would not be in this predicament. Governor Dayton did not even specify what he intends to do with the tax increase he needs.

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bigfatjackasJul. 1, 1110:03 AM

When is ANYONE going to realize that a government job(any job paid whose salary is paid by taxpayers) is NOT a real job to the economy or budget???? Government jobs do not produce anything to elevate the GNP(spending the paychecks don't count). The only true "negative" that the government should be involved in is the military. Outsource everything to the private sector!

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evenmorejustJul. 1, 1110:37 AM

Dayton should have signed the budget he was presented and this shutdown would have never happened! People, your property taxes should be going DOWN not up in Minneapolis-St. Paul! There is plenty to cut in each city but they do not want to and their hold the public hostage by stating LGA will directly cut police and emergency services! Oh? What about your city hall staff and parks and rec?????????

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justmorecrapJul. 1, 1110:59 AM

The bulk of the public workers are providing the public with a service, and their payment for that service passes through and back to the private sector where some of it is returned as taxes to be paid again. Layoff the public worker and what happens? Do you quit paying in taxes? Noooo. What quits is the money coming in to the private sector. So isn't all of this shutdown something like the Repubs shooting their handlers in the foot? How bright can that be?

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kkjerJul. 1, 1111:14 AM

THOSE FIGURES ARE WAY LOW BECAUSE THEY DON'T COUNT PEOPLE WHO HAVE RUN OUT OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. MN UNEMPLOYMENT IS AROUND 9.1%

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KatmanJul. 1, 1111:30 AM

What happen to the Repubs motto of being job creaters, WoW! The real motto for all to see: FUBAR!

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ssybritchesJul. 1, 1111:43 AM

This is so unbelievably sad. Minnesota is no longer "the state that works", it is the state that is broken. Shame on anyone who trivializes the job loss, the loss of supports to victims, the further cuts to people with disabilities. It appears as if some have lost their hearts as well.

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nshoreJul. 1, 1112:27 PM

We all know all because the GOP tells us that the rich are ready to flee the state if we displease them in any way. Some other conditions that were presented in negotiations besides no new taxes: their daily morning lattes must be delivered at the right speed, strength, and temperature; the BMW must be polished daily; all Minnesota citizens must immediately fork over to the rich whatever money they ask for projects such as Twins and Vikings stadiums; drop these foolish notions such as care for the poor and elderly, maintaining infrustructure, and funding education. Failure at any one of these points will cause every single job creating entity to flee the state and make Minnesota a pariah.

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cpanoeaJul. 1, 1112:30 PM

Who is going to pay for the state worker's unemployment? The governmental unit must reimburse the unemployment fund for the benefits paid out, so the taxpayer is stuck with it again. It just seems wrong to pay unemployment to a government worker. As a business owner me and my children cannot collect from my business unless we completely close the business and the benefits are limited. If we have a slow down we get no unemployment, we just have to live with it. Guess the paid isn't shared evenly.

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RossbergJul. 1, 1112:32 PM

Dayton's and the DFL's biggest fear is that we will somehow muddle our way through this shutdown and find ways to live with the problems. They want it to be over in a few days before people start adapting to the inconveniences. Therefore we should expect to see a flurry of ads designed to convince us that life as we knew it is over.

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