Posted at 11:39 AM on June 30, 2011
by Paul Tosto
Minnesota loggers are suing the state, arguing that halting timber harvesting in state forests during a government shutdown would violate contracts they have with the state.
The loggers are among several groups suing now that stand to lose money because their links to state government have been deemed by a court as non-essential in a shutdown.
Canterbury Park, the Minnesota Zoo and Minnesota Harness Racing are also suing the state, concerned about lost revenue during a shutdown, which would come during the upcoming 4th of July weekend.
As it stands now in a shutdown, loggers won't be able to generate revenue and meet their financial obligations, putting their businesses in peril, The Minnesota Timber Producers Association says.
Here's a post we put up last week on the issue: Could a shutdown cost Minnesota a paper mill?