Cost Of State Shutdown Calculated 23 Nov 11

Minnesota budget officials say the 20-day government shutdown in July cost the state nearly $60-million, but saved it around $65-million in salaries that were not paid to state employees. The report issued Tuesday says Minnesota lost almost $50-million in revenue. Preparation costs for the shutdown were estimated at about $7-million, and recovery costs at around $3-million, although those costs could still rise. But the state saved about $65-million in salaries that were not paid to the around 22,000 state employees who were laid off during the shutdown.