Thousands of workers across numerous state departments will get layoff notices Monday, state budget officials confirmed Thursday.

The official tally from Minnesota Management and Budget pegs the number at 9,451 people. That’s the number of employees who will be out of a job on July 1, the start of the 2016 fiscal year, if Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators are unable to reach an agreement on three budget bills.

MPR News reported on Wednesday that roughly 10,000 people would get layoff notices on June 1. Here’s the final breakdown:

  • Perpich Center for Arts Education – 115
  • Department of Education – 405
  • Minnesota State Academies (Academy for the Blind, Academy for the Deaf) – 261
  • Department of Agriculture – 489
  • Minnesota Board of Animal Health – 43
  • Department of Natural Resources – 4294
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – 940
  • Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources – 97
  • Department of Commerce – 351
  • Explore Minnesota Tourism – 57
  • Department of Employment and Economic Development – 1490
  • Minnesota Public Facilities Authority – 8
  • Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals – 10
  • Department of Labor & Industry – 460
  • Public Utilities Commission – 56
  • Bureau of Mediation Services – 15
  • MN.IT Agency Staff (IT employees that support the agencies listed above) – 360

Total employees – 9,451

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Legislators again met with Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday, but there was no big news.

However, it appears everyone is trying to stake out some territory on early childhood education. After Dayton visited a pre-K program in a public school last week, House Speaker Kurt Daudt will team up with early childhood education expert Art Rolnick to visit a private daycare this morning. (MPR News)

In a lot of ways, Democrats are proving to be as much of a challenge as Republicans for Dayton as he pushes his priorities in the special session. (MPR News)

Counties are lobbying to make sure a key provision that allows them to outsource audits survives the special session. (MPR News)

Speaking of the special session, here’s everything you need to know. (MPR News)

If there are no results in the special session, there will be partial government shutdown – and state workers are already getting briefed on the possibility. (MPR News)


Rick Santorum announced his bid to run for president. (NPR via MPR News)

He faces steep odds at getting the Republican nomination. (Politico)

Nebraska abolished the death penalty. (The New York Times)

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, talked with reporters on May 27 before meeting privately with Gov. Dayton. Tom Scheck | MPR News

Republicans in the Minnesota House entered budget talks with Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday armed with support from a leading advocate for early childhood education.

Prior to meeting with the governor, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and several other Republicans met privately with Art Rolnick, a former research director at  the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Rolnick is also a leading proponent of directing taxpayer money to help disadvantaged children attend preschool.

Rolnick said he believes child care scholarships are the best way to close the achievement gap between white students and students of color.

“We have limited dollars. Let’s use them in the most effective way.” Rolnick said. “Start with our most at-risk kids. Make sure every child born into poverty has this opportunity.”

Republicans included funding for early childhood education scholarships in their budget but did not fund Dayton’s plan for universal pre-k for four-year-olds. Daudt said he isn’t convinced that universal pre-k is a better option.

“I don’t want to make an investment in a program that doesn’t have research that backs up results,” Daudt said.

By meeting with Rolnick, Republicans are also trying to dispel Dayton’s notion that the budget debate comes down to more money for schools versus a Republican plan to cut taxes.

But the governor insists scholarships could end up further segregating low-income children from peers whose parents still might not be able to afford to pay for prekindergarten.

“Put all the kids that are all poor in one group, you’re not going to get that kind of synergy and that sense of normalcy, that normalcy which is what we want to teach,” Dayton said Wednesday afternoon.

Dayton and House Republicans are at odds over education funding and other parts of the state budget. The governor vetoed three budget bills last week.

Along with the education funding bill, Dayton rejected the agriculture and environment budget bill and the jobs and energy budget bill.

Dayton will have to call lawmakers back in a special session once they reach an agreement. Portions of state government will shut down on July 1 if they don’t agree on a budget.