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By Alyah Khan

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Minn. government shutdown could predict future for feds

Disagreement over how to close a projected $5 billion budget deficit led the Minnesota state government to shut down July 1.

The shut down has resulted in about 20,000 state workers officially being laid off, the Washington Post reports.

The budget fight in Minnesota between its Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and the Republican-controlled legislature bears a striking resemblance to the heated negotiations taking place at the federal level.

Not only are federal lawmakers trying to reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling, they are also preparing to do battle over the 2012 budget. And similar to lawmakers in the state of Minnesota, congressional Republicans and Democrats don’t seem as though they will reach agreement on budget issues anytime soon.

Without a compromise in Congress, it appears that federal workers – like state workers – are likely to suffer.

Some predict that failing to raise the debt ceiling by August could leave feds without pay or benefits. The inevitable clash between Democrats and Republicans over the fiscal 2012 budget might also result in feds being targeted, as GOP members push for a reduction in the size of the federal workforce and a number of significant programmatic cuts.

One way or another, with partisan battles at both the state and federal levels, government employees should expect a difficult road ahead.

Posted by Alyah Khan on July 5, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Reader comments

Wed, Jul 13, 2011

Using the warped logic of the left, why don't we raise tax rates to 100% for all. Then the debt will be paid-off, entitlements will be preserved, free healthcare for all and millions of new jobs will be created. The socialist economy will thrive and all will be wonderful! Just ask the USSR, North Korea, Cuba, and East Germany how weel its working for them

Mon, Jul 11, 2011

Cutting taxes certainly didn't add that many jobs during the Bush administration. I agree that we should talk about Clintonomics

Mon, Jul 11, 2011

Stop the entitlements. Go to work for a living.

Mon, Jul 11, 2011

Get rid of the entitlements. If the free money stops coming in to buy the bling bling gold chains and 20 inch chrome wheels some might go back to work. Oh wait, they would have to take a drug test...

Fri, Jul 8, 2011

The Republicans are fond of Reagonomics, how cutting taxes helps the economy. Personally, I think we need to start talking about Clintonomics. Taxes were raised, the debt was reduced, entitlements were preserved and the richest didn't have the Bush tax cuts that sank the economy.

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