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State Shutdown May Cause Some Bars & Liquor Stores To Run Out Of Liquor

An area you may not have thought would be impacted by the state shutdown is alcohol sales, but that is becoming a reality for hundreds of businesses across Minnesota.  Also taking a hit in the near future are cigarette sales because as certain vendors run out, they currently cannot get more to sell.  Not getting the taxes from alcohol and tobacco sales could cost the state millions of dollars.  Governor Mark Dayton could use his executive power to solve this problem until the state shutdown is over, but will he?

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ThrasherDave, Flickr
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Connecticut Becomes First State to Mandate Paid Sick Time

In a move watched carefully by some 20 cities and states, Connecticut has become the first state in the nation to mandate paid sick days for workers.

The bill, signed by Governor Dannel Malloy earlier this month, covers only hourly service workers at companies with more than 50 employees and excludes manufacturers and some others.

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Photo: Homie Kates
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MN Government Shut-Down Could Make History; How Does It Affect You?

My husband and I decided to take a bike ride through Jay Cooke  State Park on the cycle and saw this sign...it's sad!  Summer in the Northland is SOOOOOO short....and this Gov't shutdown is not allowing us to enjoy our State Parks.

Our window of road construction in the Northland is short as well, and now the equipment sits idle, waiting to be fired up again.  Get it together and let's get back to LIVIN'!

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For Rent - Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
For Rent - Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Little Progress Emerges From First Post-Shutdown Talks

The first day since the holiday weekend and sadly there is no encouraging news as of yet.
 

Leaders at the Capitol emerged Tuesday from the latest negotiations since the shutdown began with little progress to announce.

In fact, things may have taken a step backward.

Republicans renewed their request for the governor to call a special session

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A beautiful big, empty building - Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
A beautiful big, empty building - Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Minnesota Shutdown Costing Millions To The State

Probably not a shock to you, but all this shutdown is doing is allowing both sides to pump their chests like gorillas at the Minnesota Zoo - if only it was open to see.

 
Minnesota stands to lose millions of dollars in revenue and get saddled with millions more in new expenses for every week that the widespread shutdown of state government persists.

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Minnesota Shutdown: Campgrounds Close Up, Campers Pack Up

Some of the best summer memories kids have are currently being impacted by the shutdown.

 
Two little girls wore sad faces this afternoon at the Jay Cooke State Park campground near Duluth.

Little Katie Wigen, 4, and her sister, Kasi, 5, couldn’t figure out why their family had to leave its campsite sooner than they had planned.

All of Minnesota’s 74 state parks and recreation areas were closing as of 4 p.m. because of a budget impasse and an impending state government shutdown.

“Why do we have to go?” Katie, clutching a red stuffed animal, asked Jay Cooke State Park manager Eunice Luedtke.

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Despite a last minute meeting by key players, the Minnesota shutdown was unavoidable
Despite a last minute meeting by key players, the Minnesota shutdown was unavoidable
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What’s Opened, What’s Closed: Your Guide To The State Shutdown

 

Like waiting in line for gas in the 70's, this is another historic thing for us to live through that will hopefully have minimal long-term impact.  However, for now there are services that are a part of the latest political chess game that are being impacted.  I hope for those being impacted that this will be a very short-term deal.  Here is a guide to what should stay open during the shutdown;
 

COURTS

Will remain open at all levels.

DRIVER'S LICENSES

People will be able to renew licenses at driver's license agent offices. Driver tests will not be available.

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Mark Dayton says it's time to raise minimum wage - Photo/Facebook
Mark Dayton says it's time to raise minimum wage - Photo/Facebook
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Countdown To Shutdown: Minnesota Lawmakers’ Budget Talks End With No Deal

Will there be a midnight hour deal that prevents this or do you think Minnesota will shut down?  This whole thing stinks of political posturing for the sake of posturing.  It seems they are playing chicken for each others egos rather than truly working together for the citizens who elected them to office.
A Minnesota government shutdown became more likely Wednesday with each tick of the clock.

Budget talks ended late Wednesday after six straight days of meetings without a deal to break an impasse over the $5 billion deficit.

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Man Robs Bank For $1 To Get Prison Healthcare [VIDEO]

Last week, James Verone walked into an RBC bank –sans gun – with a robbery plan. However, unlike most bank robbers, his plan did not involve walking out with loads of cash.

Instead, the 59-year-old North Carolina man actually wanted to be arrested so he’d have access to prison healthcare provided by the government.

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New Graphic Warning Labels To Cover Half of Cigarette Packs

Smokers are going to need a strong stomach if they want to continue their habit.

That’s because starting in September of 2012 new FDA requirements will mandate that half of the area on every pack of cigarettes be covered by a graphic anti-smoking warning label.

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Weiner Expected to Resign Today

Long overdue, but it looks like he may finally step down today.

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Deep Sea Diver Vows to Recover and Photograph Osama bin Laden

President Obama's recent announcement that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by US operatives in Pakistan prompted happy cheers and a giant, collaborative sigh of relief from citizens around the world. After five minutes of celebration, though, came demands for photographic or video proof that our nation's nemesis was actually dead.

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