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Governor wants more state services considered essential

Gov. Mark Dayton has another big list (PDF) of state services he’d like a judge to deem essential, so they can be funded during the state shutdown.

This second list, sent to special master Kathleen Blatz, asks that the Department of Human Services licensing office be reopened on July 11, so that groups can get on-site license reviews, says MPR.

One of the requesting groups is the Emily Program, which planned to open an inpatient residential eating disorder facility later this month, says the story. The opening will be delayed if the request isn’t granted.

Among the programs on Dayton’s long wish list, says the story:

  • Several homelessness programs, including the Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program and the Transitional Housing Program
  • Grocery delivery services for home-bound elderly Minnesotans
  • Sixteen Minnesota Historical Society staffers, who would care for animals at Oliver Kelley Farm

 But Dayton says that the vehicle registration system, which allows auto dealers to transmit vehicle sales and registration information to the Department of Vehicle Services, should stay closed.

 And he says the state’s highway rest areas should stay closed, despite the request by the Minnesota Truckers Association, which petitioned the special master to keep them open for truckers who need to take mandated rests while driving long distances.

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