ROSEMOUNT - Dakota County Technical College will deliver layoff notices to more than 100 employees tomorrow in anticipation of a possible state government shut down July 1. The layoffs will become effective July 1.
Human resources director Susan Raddatz said the notices will go out to people in all departments of the college.
More layoff notices are possible as the July 1 deadline for a budget agreement nears.
Communications director Erin Edlund said they are optimistic Gov. Mark Dayton and legislator can come to an agreement.
However, after an emergency meeting of the MnSCU Board of Trustees today, DCTC leaders are preparing for the shutdown. Across the state more than 6,000 state employees will receive layoff notices tomorrow.
"The biggest thing is we are moving ahead with planning just in case," said Edlund.
If the state government does shut down it will affect students. Hundreds of students take summer classes, which would be affected. Additionally, new and returning students should enroll and go through orientation sessions in July and August.
There is no way to know how long a possible shutdown could last.
Laura King, vice chancellor for finance and administration and chief financial officer, said the MnSCU system is financially able to continue operating through the summer sessions and the fall semester. The system is seeking an arrangement with Minnesota Management and Budget, the state agency that processes the system's payroll and financial transactions, that would allow the system access to its existing funds and to continue to operate, King said in a press release.
If the system is unable to obtain its cash from the state-run financial systems, the colleges and universities may be forced to shut down effective July 1 if the Legislature and governor do not reach an agreement,