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Some state workers to get layoff notices this week

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state of Minnesota is sending layoff notices to an initial group of about 800 employees in preparation for a possible government shutdown on July 1.

The state budget office says Tuesday that State Patrol troopers, DNR conservation officers and licensed officers of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will get notices on Wednesday. They are represented by the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association and have contracts that require layoff notices by certain dates.

Some of those workers could be kept on if a court determines they perform critical services. July 1 is the date by which a new two-year state budget must be in place, but an impasse over taxes and spending between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers has that in doubt.

A much larger group of 35,000 state employees are due to get layoff notices on July 10.

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