Hennepin County Board calls special meeting on shutdown

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Wednesday morning to discuss implications of the state shutdown.

At the 9 a.m. meeting, the commissioners will “discuss next steps for the county during the State of Minnesota shutdown, including any special requests the county would like to make before Judge Kathleen Blatz, who is the special master of the court proceedings,” said the meeting notice.

Prior to the shutdown, the county sent layoff notices to 1,200 health and human services employees who worked on programs that involve some state funding. The layoffs haven’t taken effect, yet, and the exact number of employees involved will be determined by court rulings on what services are considered essential.

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