MN Shutdown: Emergency Briefings and Resources for Nonprofits
St. Paul, Minn., June 9, 2011- As the Legislature and Governor Dayton continue their work toward finding a state budget compromise, Minnesota’s nonprofits face a combined uncertainty about future funding and looming shutdown of government services. Minnesota is on a path to experience a rare government shutdown on July 1 if a budget deal is not struck by that date, the start of the 2012 fiscal year. We experienced something similar in 2005 — although on a smaller scale, and in a different political and economic environment. Nonprofit organizations will be affected — whether as recipients of government grants or providers of service to populations that count on state resources.
MCN has created a central resource webpage, 2011 Nonprofit Budget/Shutdown Crisis, to continue to update nonprofits and others with resources as we learn them. For more information about how the shutdown might affect Minnesota, here are several recent articles and websites:
- When the Worst Case Scenario is Really Soon, a blog post by Nonprofits Assistance Fund
- Minnesota Budget Bites Blog - from MCN's Minnesota Budget Project, the latest news about the shutdown and analysis of its impacts.
- If state constitution is enforced, this shutdown could be horrible, article at MinnPost
- What would a government shutdown in 2011 look like? No one really knows, article at Politics in Minnesota
- BeReadyMN.com - a website with FAQs about shutdown procedures by Office of Management and Budget
During the last week of June, should a shutdown be imminent, state agencies and the courts may determine a list of “essential services” that will continue during shutdown. This list is likely to include some services delivered by nonprofit organizations and may be a critical time for nonprofit engagement. MCN will be advocating for the sector and may look to MCN members to articulate the essential nature of some services. If you or your organization is on Twitter, help share the story of the impact of a shutdown by tweeting with the hashtag #MNshutdown. See what others are saying already.