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Olmsted County to state: Please don’t shut down

Olmsted County commissioners in Rochester are drafting a letter to legislators, asking them to solve the budget crisis before it leads to a state shutdown.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin said the commissioners are urging residents to contact their leg

Olmsted County commissioners in Rochester are drafting a letter to legislators, asking them to solve the budget crisis before it leads to a state shutdown.

The Rochester Post-Bulletin said the commissioners are urging residents to contact their legislators, too, in an effort to keep state services operating.

I’m betting other counties feel the same way.

Said the story:

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 “The major concern here is our clients, our vulnerable clients, children and adults who are vulnerable,” said [Olmsted] County Administrator Richard Devlin.

The board was told by Devlin and Olmsted County Community Services Director Paul Fleissner that many road projects will stop; vendors won’t get paid; citizens who rely on food, housing and medical assistance benefits won’t have funding available for those services and agencies such as Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center will likely close “soon” after the state government shutdown.

The lack of medical benefits, Fleissner said, “tells me our ERs may get kind of busy if this plays out.”