Posted at 2:44 PM on June 23, 2011
by Paul Tosto
State leaders are working through a shutdown plan in the courts. We don't know how that will end. But we do know which groups will take the first early hits if a shutdown happens.
MPR News reporter Tom Weber checked in with John Pollard at Minnesota Management and Budget and got a breakdown of the largest state payments scheduled to be sent from the state's general fund in July:
Payments to School districts: July 15 - $369 Million, July 29 - $201 Million
Aid to cities: July 20 - $265 million
Payments to counties: July 15 - $37 million
Higher education (U of MN, MNSCU): July 26 - $74 million
Dep't of Human Services payments: July 6 - $439 million, July 19 - $212 million
State payroll: July 1 - $51 million, July 15 - $51 million, July 29 - $40 million
State officials would normally be sending out nearly $2.1 billion in July through the general fund.
Breaking down the budget, it's no shock that school and health payments face the biggest initial hit.
Education and human services dominate general fund spending. Nearly half the money goes to K-12 and higher education and more than 30 percent to health and human services. (Click on the pie chart for a larger view).
,,,ignorance is no longer bliss; The voting public and the politicians they elect are ignorant when it comes to understanding the paradigms that frame the lives of our citizens who, through no fault of their own need help.
Withholding public funds dedicated to eligible individuals and approved human service agencies denies access to the support required by citizens who cannot independently meet their basic human needs.
Our politicians need to "wise up" and move from ignorance to insight; eschew party rhetoric and get down to the business of managing our state with honesty, integrity and respect for all of Minnesota's citizens.