Minn. government shutdown puts lives on hold

July 13, 2011 12:34:14 PM PDT
Minnesota's government shutdown is leaving a countless number of citizens in limbo. Because state offices that issue licenses aren't operating, many people can't work or face serious business losses because they can't get the paperwork needed to do their jobs.

Cosmetologists, nurses, dentists and other professionals can't get licenses to practice. Would-be drivers can't take the necessary tests.

Some businesses are hung up because they can't get required inspections. Hundreds of restaurants and bar owners can't buy liquor, and fear serious fallout when current supplies run out.

The shutdown entered its 13th day Wednesday with no talks planned between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders. Dayton wants to institute new taxes to solve a $5 billion budget deficit, but GOP leaders say they won't do that.


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