Posted at 12:24 PM on July 11, 2011
by Paul Tosto
A state program that helps severely disabled Minnesotans find work is admirable but can't be considered essential enough to order funding during the government shutdown, a Ramsey County judge says.
Judge Kathleen Gearin called it a tough decision, one that went against the recommendation of the "special master" appointed to referee ongoing shutdown questions.
"Not every admirable social program is so essential that it reaches the level required to overcome the requirements of the Minnesota Constitution," Gearin wrote in a ruling posted today.
The Associated Press reports:
Gearin also denied requests to allow new nursing licenses, give car dealers access to an electronic vehicle registration system or let a suburban city get a water main construction permit. But she allowed funding for a Twin Cities food delivery service for homebound elderly people to go ahead.
Click here to read the complete rulings posted this morning.