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.

"I've got bills to pay, man," Lewis said. "There's never much left in any paycheck after I take care of expenses."

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