First, a bit of background. Minnesota reached a budget impasse as Gov. Dayton and the Rs in the legislature were unable to agree between tax increases and budget cuts, with the parties falling on the expected lines. The dreaded gov’t shutdown occurred with all but ‘essential’ services shut down. Gov. Dayton made some decisions as to what constituted essential in much the same way we would expect: What services would provoke the people to miss their gov’t.
But this particular one is one for the books:
(warning: link is to the old, gray, wrinkled, commie harlot)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miller, Coors and other popular beers may disappear from Minnesota stores and bars within days because brewing giant MillerCoors lacks the proper licenses due to the state’s government shutdown.
MillerCoors has 39 “brand label registrations” with the state that expired last month, and the employees who process renewals were laid off when state government shut down July 1 in a budget dispute, Doug Neville, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said Wednesday.
State alcohol enforcement officials who remain on the job recently told officials with Chicago-based MillerCoors LLC that they need to come up with a plan soon for pulling their products he said.
So the office that issues licenses is closed, but the office that enforces licenses is open. And some people want to turn our health care over to yahoos like this?
h/t James Taranto at Best of the Web Today (If you’re not a subscriber, sign up.)