(a) Executive agencies, including the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, must demonstrate that they cannot use available staff before hiring outside consultants or services. If use of consultants is necessary, agencies are encouraged to negotiate contracts that will involve permanent staff, so as to upgrade and maximize training of state employees.
(b) If agencies reduce operating budgets, agencies must give priority to reducing spending on professional and technical service contracts before laying off permanent employees.
(1) community service; or
(2) conservation or maintenance services on lands under the jurisdiction and control of the state.