9,451 MN workers face layoffs with no budget deal

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 – 4,294
  • 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 – 1,490
  • 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

  • Sarah

    This list isn’t entirely exhaustive, though it seems complete enough to give people an idea of the scale of the layoffs. In terms of what was included, I know that the Legacy Amendment, which didn’t make it in the regular session, funds several jobs around the state, like at the MN Historical Society.