An official at the Department of Public Safety said agency employees would be returning to work on Thursday after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the state budget, ending a 20-day government shutdown.
Lt. Eddie Carroll, the director of pupil transportation safety at Minnesota DPS, said school bus inspections should resume as scheduled prior to the shutdown, which arose as the state legislature and governor reached an impasse on a $5 billion budget shortfall. Carroll added that employees in DPS’ Driver and Vehicle Services division were also returning to work, which means CDL testing would resume.
“We are working on a plan to catch the inspections we missed in the last 21 days, but we will get it done,” he added.
The government shutdown affected a total 22,000 state employees.