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Government Shutdown Would Force City of Richfield to Lay-Off 10 Staff Members

With the possibility of a government shutdown, Richfield's city manager outlines the possible local impacts.

With the possibility of a inching closer as a result of legislators being unable to approve its budget, many may be wondering what impacts the shutdown would have on the City of Richfield.

The truth is that many of the services the city provides to its residents are dependent on the ongoing support of the state, according to Richfield City Manager .

“One of the most significant of those services is the City Deputy Registrar function, where it will not be possible to issue motor vehicle licenses if the State operations are shut down,” Devich stated in a memorandum to the . “Moreover, staff expects to get many additional phone calls and visits from people who are dependent on State subsidy payments for food, shelter and medical services.”

From officers being unable to access criminal history information to the delay of the Nicollet Avenue bridge project, a state government shutdown would impact nearly every area of the city in some way. In addition, Devich also stated he would have to let 10 city staff go until further notice.

While it’s important to note that many possible impacts are minor in nature, others will require the city to rely on financial reserves and cause the temporary reduction in city staff.

Other possible impacts include:

  • The inability for the city’s support services, licensing and environmental health departments to run criminal background checks for gun purchases, liquor dispensers, pawnbroker applications, firearms dealers and more.
  • Public safety may not receive 911 calls if the state patrol dispatch is down.
  • Police officers would not be able to enter missing person information.
  • Environmental reviews would be delayed and possibly affect several proposed and pending redevelopment projects such as the and projects.

Richfield Patch will continue to follow this issue and report as more information becomes available. To see Devich’s full memorandum, see the attached PDF.

Mike McLean June 21, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Call the Governor and ask that he sign the balanced budget that he vetoed. The $34 billion is an increase of $4 billion. Gov Dayton calls the Republican budget nothing but cuts. How can the potentially largest State budget be called nothing but cuts??
Kevin O'Donovan June 21, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Mr.McLean is right call Dayton's office and tell him he is hurting you ,your community, and the state.
Brie Shultz June 22, 2011 at 01:00 AM
I hope there isn't a shut down, that has to be a anxious feeling for all the workers and people involved, especially the elderly. Pawlenty protected the super wealthy with tax cuts for eight years and I've noticed that the slack has been paid instead with my increased property taxes year after year. If tax cuts to the super wealthy worked, things wouldn't be as bleak. Increase the taxes on the top 2% (D), combine that with John Kriesel's (R) beer tax idea and gambling expansion, and allow the GOP's corporate tax cuts. Then both parties get something they want and we can move on for one year.
Jackson Brown June 22, 2011 at 03:56 AM
The current proposed Reputation budget is ridiculous. You are correct, the super wealthy have been protected for far too long, but we can not allow continued GOP initiated corporate tax cuts. Pawlenty payback...
Jackson Brown June 22, 2011 at 04:01 AM
"reputation" sorry should have been "Republican" Damn these auto-correct suggestions.
Kevin O'Donovan June 23, 2011 at 02:52 AM
The total amount of money in the proposed budget is by far the most expensive in history. Dayton wants more. He also wants more from you to pay for a new Vikes stadium. Why is it that the owner of the S.F. Giants can use private funds for a stadium and our New Jersey multi-millionaire, in concert with Dayton, can't? Property taxes go up for a number of reasons, local commitments made during a time of prosperity are going to be paid even when times are more difficult. Increased unfunded mandates in schools are paid with property taxes, as are some retirements, increased administrative cost to account for federal money, and foreclosures. Government employees and a wide range of people are going to be undeservedly hurt by Dayton's Shutdown. Make no mistake .It is Dayton's decision to shut down the government.No one else is to blame. Call or e-mail Dayton and tell him to end his cynical political ploy.
Mary Barnes June 27, 2011 at 06:43 AM
Jackson Brown, I agree, the rich have been protected. I have worked my rear off, sent two girls to college, and always paid my taxes, why, because this is America, and I really don't care that T. Paw played hockey for S St. Paul, is that all he did? No He sent this state into the toliet. The next time you drown in a pot hole on Lake Calhoun, thank the people that you elected. It truly is time for the "blue collar" workers to stand up and be counted. and no I do not do windows, or make coffee.
Mary Barnes June 27, 2011 at 06:44 AM
and M. Bachmann, answer me this, where is Rock county? Some monkey will have to hand her a map :)
Mike McLean June 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Mary - I am pretty sure that it is somewhere on one of Obama's "57" States...... |:<))
Mary Barnes June 28, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Nope, Minn-e- soda, not IOWA. did you know that she said J0hn Wayne lived there? (Waterloo, Iowa) John Wayne, the killer, not the actor. Too funny.
Mary Barnes June 28, 2011 at 02:40 AM
How many states? Can you believe the nut mayor from Chicago? that just tells me, that anyone can get elected, even a mobster. Where is Chicago. CA., where there are many homeless veterens, because, CA, decided that the VA hospital should be a golf course, for the rich. Someone, anyone, when did the US fall into the ocean, because clearly, something is wrong. Maybe we need a Chinese or Japanese President, now that would get them talking. Maybe a Czech, we are hard working, and we will tell it like it is.
Mary Barnes June 28, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Veterans. small schools, Bloomington, I love you dearly, but I fell through the cracks. Hmm. but I think I turned out just fine. I can grow veggies, and cook, and mow my own lawn, and I can find my way to the grocery store, with my lights on in the rain :) Incase, you do not follow, my train of thought, just think about it. dumber than a box of rocks. That would be the T party.

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