Proposal pushed to reimburse state workers for shutdown
Minnesota state employees who were forced to use their vacation time during a July 2005 partial government shutdown would be paid in full under a bill Minnesota lawmakers are considering.
A House committee approved the payments, and a similar bill awaits Senate consideration.
Many state employees were sent home in 2005 after lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty could not agree on a new budget. Some needed to use vacation time or not get paid.