Rochester residents speak out about state shutdown


Autistic children, nursing home residents and people with disabilities are among the Minnesotans whose lives would be seriously affected by a potential state government shutdown. They describe the effect in this video featuring citizens of Rochester. “There will be people who are going to die in Olmstead County with government shutdowns because services that are live-sustaining and life-supporting will not be delivered,” said April Sutor of the United Way.

Businesses also will close as a result of a government shutdown, residents said. They called on legislators “to get the job done” to approve a state budget and avoid a state government shutdown July 1.