ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With a government shutdown looming, one Minnesota state worker who expected his layoff notice Friday said he thinks he can last about a month without a paycheck but that he will be worried if the budget stalemate at the Capitol stretches longer than that.

Ahmad Lewis is a tax specialist at the Department of Revenue in St. Paul, auditing individual income taxes to make sure they comply with federal law. The 28-year-old from Roseville expects to be one of about 42,000 state workers due to get the bad word.

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