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Conservative group’s ‘counter’ offers its take on cost of shutdown

Want to watch the conservative version of state dollars flittering away, in real time, as the state shutdown continues to sideline state workers and and many private employees who are connected to state projects?
The Minnesota Majority set up a cou

Want to watch the conservative version of state dollars flittering away, in real time, as the state shutdown continues to sideline state workers and and many private employees who are connected to state projects?

The Minnesota Majority set up a counter on its website, showing its calculation of the dollars flying by.

It’s about $100 per second, according to the group’s calculations. They say they’re counting unemployment and insurance benefits for idled state employees, uncollected audits and commuter revenue, lottery income, other uncollected revenues and the costs of shutting down and restarting construction projects.

Said the group’s president, Jeff Davis, in a statement:

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“It seems counter-intuitive and a lot of people just don’t realize that the shutdown is actually costing Minnesotans a lot of money. There’s nothing positive about a prolonged shutdown and our shutdown cost clock is designed to present one of the consequences in a way that’s easy to understand at a glance.”