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Date:June 10, 2011
Contact Name:Michael Brodkorb
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For Immediate Release

(St. Paul) – Senate and House Republican Leadership released the following statements regarding layoff notices being sent to state workers.

“Governor Dayton promised voters he would not shut down government, yet state workers were sent layoff notices today. Republicans delivered a responsible, balanced budget to the Governor’s desk in May, but he vetoed it. Just this week, we offered to meet the Governor’s funding levels in education and public safety to prevent a shut down. But it appears that is still not enough for the Governor.

I ask the Governor to consider our compromise offer, join us in prioritizing the people instead of raising taxes. If not, the decision to shut down the government will be on Governor Dayton,” said Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R-Buffalo).

“It is unfortunate that state employees are receiving layoff notices today when there is no need for a government shutdown. The Republican budget approved in May by the Minnesota Legislature is balanced and provides a 6 percent increase in funding. It keeps government open and operating. I implore Governor Dayton to continue working with us to reach a final budget solution before June 30,”said Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove).