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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: What happens when a state government shuts down

Updating this ILB entry from July 11, following the impact of the Minnesota government shutdown, Slate's Will Oremus writes today, "Minnesota’s government shutdown has entered a sobering new phase."

Two weeks after the state’s political leaders missed a deadline to resolve their differences over the budget, the state’s Public Safety Department told local reporters that the beer conglomerate Miller-Coors would be forced to pull its wares from stores statewide. It seems the country’s second-largest beer conglomerate neglected to renew the paperwork required to distribute its 39 brands of cold ones within the state before the July 1 shutdown (a claim company reps dispute). Now it’s too late.

The casualties include not only Miller and Coors but summer favorite Blue Moon, street-corner staple Olde English and the delicious high-end Czech import Pilsner Urquell. But that’s not all, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Hundreds of bars and liquor stores in the state are in peril of running out of booze altogether because the “buyer’s cards” required to purchase alcohol expired at the end of June.

“We’re talking about millions of dollars at stake here that can never be made up,” Frank Ball, executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, told the News Tribune. “We’ve got businesses that are about to close their doors if they can’t buy beer to sell.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 14, 2011 10:09 AM
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