Budget commissioner's statement on MnSCU, shutdown

Below is a statement by the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) Commissioner Jim Schowalter on MnSCU and the potential government shutdown.

Remember that MnSCU needs to free up money — tuition revenue and reserves funds — in accounts held by the state if it’s going to function through the shutdown. Here’s MPR reporter Tim Post’s take on the system’s emergency meeting yesterday to address the issue.

MMB is currently in discussions with MnSCU to analyze possible options and authorities for service delivery in the event of a state shutdown.  Ultimately, any determination of critical services will be determined by the court system- including what services may continue to be provided by MMB.

The public expects state government work in an efficient and coordinated manner, and as a result, we have many shared services and interdependencies between organizations.  This model works well in normal circumstances but a possible state shutdown raises difficult legal and process issues that we are working to address.

Our highest priority remains reaching a negotiated budget settlement so that any break in service can be avoided.