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To layoff, or not

By Staff | Jun 26, 2011

In the past, Faribault County commissioners have been criticized for making decisions without knowing all the facts and the consequences.

They have done it again, but this time the board has state lawmakers to blame.

On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a joint powers agreement with the state to provide 20 hours of secretarial services a week to the county’s probation office for another year beginning July 1.

What happens if there’s a state government shutdown?

That was the million-dollar question facing commissioners.

Under a union contract, the county must give the employee a 21-day notice if she is going to be laid off.

“We don’t know what the state is doing, so we aren’t going to do anything now,” says Brenda Ripley, central services coordinator.

To see more of this article, see this week’s Register.