Posted at 9:01 AM on July 4, 2011
by Catharine Richert
MPR reporter Madeleine Baran's been doing a great job of sorting out which Department of Human Services programs will be funded during a shutdown, and which ones won't be.
Two days before the shutdown, a judge decided which state services would continue if DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal. The ruling by Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin said many health and human services programs will continue operating as usual.
Those programs include all services paid for by Medical Assistance - a long list that includes prescription drugs, doctor visits, hospitalizations, in-home care for people with disabilities, and a service that provides transportation to appointments.
Read the rest of Madeleine's story here.
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Meanwhile, MPR's Julie Siple reports that food shelf deliveries will continue during a shutdown. Homelessness advocates were worried that deliveries would halt after the DHS employee who manages Minnesota's participation in a federal food shelf program was laid-off. He was called back to work, and the program will continue.
Read all of Julie's story here.
I had to make my state park reservations one year in advance in order to get a preferred site. Now my vacation is canceled due to the shutdown. I think it is time to CAMP AT THE CAPITOL!