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Dayton Seeks Minnesota Shutdown Protection From Court

Governor Mark Dayton
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ST. PAUL  (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton has filed a petition in Ramsey County court laying out services that he says must be preserved if state government shuts down July 1.

The petition filed Wednesday asks the court to order that things like police, emergency and disaster response and public health functions be continued. It deems about 13,000 of 36,000 state executive branch employees necessary to deliver critical services.

The petition recommends that 29 state agencies retain some minimal staffing while 46 would close entirely.

Agencies that would keep the most staffing in a shutdown are Human Services, Corrections, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs.

Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have not agreed on how to solve a $5 billion budget deficit. Dayton’s filing also asks the court to order mediation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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