Minnesota officials don’t have many details on spending cuts

Published 11:43 am Thursday, February 28, 2013

ST. PAUL — The deadline for a deal to avert $85 billion in government-wide spending cuts is just days away, but Minnesota officials are still playing a guessing game for where and when federal funding would be slashed in the state.

Without clear answers from Washington, D.C., some state agencies have cobbled together a rough picture of how the automatic cuts may affect Minnesotans. Others, like the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, say they’re at a loss.

The White House released summaries this week detailing the impact the cuts would have on Minnesota and other states, and President Barack Obama has been making the rounds to highlight them. Republicans have accused the president of political grandstanding rather than staying in Washington to work out a deal with Congress.

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The state’s budget office projects the across-the-board cuts would increase the state’s unemployment rate by 0.2 percent and curb job growth by as many as 5,000 jobs.