Footnotes to the shutdown: Dayton told us how many he’d keep, but how many will be left behind?

Gov. Mark Dayton has released an initial list of recommended critical services, as prepared by the Statewide Contingency Response Team. The numbers and other specifications will no doubt change as the process moves forward, but it’s worth a look (if only as a reminder of all that the state does in its daily operations).

The Pawlenty administration released a similar document in the early stages of shutdown preparations in 2005. I dug that document up at the Minnesota Historical Society and you can read it here.

One thing Pawlenty included that Dayton did not is show the full workforce of each agency, which provided the sense of scale necessary for understanding the full impact of the shutdown. I’ve pulled those numbers from the Department of Management & Budget’s 2010 Workforce Report and listed Dayton’s estimated number of critical employees next to the total number of employees at each agency in the table below.

A note on these employee counts: Dayton’s list estimates critical employees not by head count, but by full time equivalent (FTE), so that’s the measure I used as well.

Here are the administration’s estimated critical positions in context (and again, this isn’t a head count we’re talking about, but full time equivalent positions):

Administration 137 484
Corrections 3,601 4,195
Commerce 16 322
DEED and Public Facilities Authority 696 1.807
Dentistry Board 6.5 10
Education 6 402
Governor’s Office 21 36
Health 189 1,381
Housing Finance Agency 160 208
Human Services 4,300* 6,527
Iron Range Resources 4 69
Labor and Industry 32 447
Military Affairs 150 278
Management and Budget 183 351
MN Zoological Gardens 150 228
Natural Resources 220 2,665
Enterprise Technology
Ombudsman for Mental Health and Dev. Disab.
Higher Education
Perpich Center for Arts Education
Pollution Control Agency
Public Safety
Public Utilities Commission
Sentencing Guidelines Commission
Veterans Affairs

* The number in Dayton’s document, 5,165, is an error. An internal DHS email has been sent out to correct the number.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Kassie Church on 06/16/2011 - 10:12 am.

    The Human Services numbers are a little off. There was a calculation error in the court document, according to an email from our Commissioner, and it will be 4300 critical at DHS.

  2. Submitted by Lauren Maker on 06/16/2011 - 10:14 am.

    I don’t see the court system on this chart. They are all state employees–where do they fall in the scheme of things?

  3. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 06/16/2011 - 10:20 am.


    You’re providing the most informative articles I’ve seen on the shutdown. Thank you, this is really informative. Something I think would also be informative would be a chart showing the difference between workforce under the Republican budget and Dayton’s budget regardless of the shutdown. I think that would be a lot more difficult to estimate however.

  4. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 06/16/2011 - 11:24 am.

    Dayton is kind of damned if does and damned if he doesn’t. If he listede more people, the Republican whinning machine would say it was too much and that would just further distrct from the fact they are unwilling to compromise.

  5. Submitted by M Cathcart on 06/16/2011 - 11:32 am.

    I understand the Legislature and legislative employees will not be affected by layoffs.

  6. Submitted by craig furguson on 06/16/2011 - 03:07 pm.

    “I don’t see the court system on this chart. They are all state employees–where do they fall in the scheme of things?”
    Dayton recommended that the court system continue. FTE counts in 2010 were: Supreme Court 293, Trial Courts 2,494,Court of Appeals 90, Public Defense Board 568, Judicial Standards Board 2. Not sure about the Guardian board. They’ll probably make their own cuts as they see fit. Also note that the Ag budget was signed. There were 412 fte’s there. So a little over half would be laid off (18,500 staff) by the Governor’s plan. Of course this doesn’t count the number of private employees that will be laid off if the state contracts don’t pay out (transportation, etc.)

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