Local 3141 - Department of Revenue

6-14-2011 Contingency Plan Update from Commissioner Frans

This morning at approximately 9:00 am the Governor presented to the Court his requests and recommendations for how the state should proceed in the event of a shutdown.

The first and most important point the Governor makes in his Petition is that he wants a balanced compromise, and that he is committed to working with the Legislature to find a compromise that he can sign. To this end, the Governor will ask the Court to appoint a mediator to oversee and facilitate negotiations between the Legislature and the Governor to find a compromise.

Second, this morning the Governor will provide to the Court a list of state services which he believes should be continued in the event a compromise is not reached, and the state begins the new fiscal year without an enacted budget. The list of services the Governor has provided were not developed based on his personal preference of policy considerations, but on the words of the Minnesota Constitution. The Constitution says very clearly no money can be paid out of the state Treasury unless there is an appropriation. It also says that state government was created for the security, benefit and protection of the people. Thus, his decisions were based entirely on which services are critical to protect the lives and safety of Minnesotans, or that would cause disorder and severe economic impact if they were not continued.

I will forward to you the Governor's statement as soon as it is released. He is also sending a message to all state employees today.

At 11:30 a.m. today, Commissioner Schowalter will appear before the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy to discuss contingency plans and the Governor’s filing with the Court.

In the meantime, you can find answers to many questions at the following sources:

• Department of Revenue Contingency Planning website DOR Contingency Planning.

• Minnesota Management and Budget continues to update the employee information section of its “BeReady” website. Information is posted as available, so check back frequently.

• For retirement-related questions, the Minnesota State Retirement System has posted some FAQs on its website. MSRS would remain open in the event of a shutdown.

If you need assistance, please remember the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all employees and will continue to be available in the event of a shutdown. , see Employee Assistance Program on Rspace, or go to www.mylifematters.com (enter “STMN1” for Company Name).

Thank you for your thoughtful questions yesterday at the Commissioner’s Forum and thanks again for everything you all do for the State of Minnesota.

We are in the process of reviewing questions posted to the Rspace Contingency Planning website and we will be answering them as soon as we have answers. We will also continue to provide more details as soon as we can.

Myron Frans
Commissioner of Revenue
600 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55146

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