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Minnesota braces for riots in the streets

Could happen. It’s not a stretch.

Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota are running out of beer and alcohol and others may soon run out of cigarettes — a subtle and largely unforeseen consequence of a state government shutdown.

Now that could get the locals riled up. Law requires that retail suppliers buy State stamps for all the liquor, beer and cigarettes they sell. The stamps are a staple of state revenue. Gone.

UPDATE: In comments, jean-philppe has dotted my i’s and crossed my t’s with an eerily apropos Simpsons video.

Legislators gone wild: Minnesota still cutting off nose

I wrote about this when it happened. Now, five days in, the New York Times editorializes about the disgraceful government shut-down in Minnesota.

Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, campaigned for office last year promising to raise taxes on high earners, so it was no surprise when he proposed a tax increase on families making more than $150,000 a year to help close a $5 billion budget gap. In negotiations with the Republican majority in the Legislature, he compromised and reduced the increase to those making $1 million or more, but Republicans are refusing to consider any income tax increase.

The shut down is going to cost the State millions. It’s going to cost jobs. It’s going to hurt the people of Minnesota.

Their [Republican extremists] antitax radicalism, maintained at any cost, is doing enormous damage at all levels . . . and may soon engulf the economy if the standoff in Washington does not end. In Minnesota, there is now a chance to draw a line and say, no further.

But meanwhile those 7700 Minnesotans earning over a million a year won’t have to give up a single day of summer vacation.

Phew! That must be a great relief.

Minnesota government shut-down a dress rehearsal?

Is shutting down government part of the GOP platform now? Perhaps, because it worked so well in the past.

Talks imploded Thursday between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders in the final hours before a midnight deadline, and Minnesota began a historic government shutdown.

“This is a night of deep sorrow for me,” Dayton said in an address at 10 p.m. that was punctuated by jeers and hisses from Republicans, including some lawmakers.

The governor said his last offer would have raised income taxes only on those earning more than $1 million a year — an estimated 7,700 Minnesotans, or 0.3 percent of all taxpayers, according to the Revenue Department.

It’s the same argument we’re hearing nationally with the same rancor and obstruction..

Talks may have also broken down because an earlier GOP offer asked Dayton to accept controversial policy positions the Republicans pushed for this year, including photo ID requirements at the polls and abortion restrictions. An offer sheet provided to the Star Tribune said the policy adoptions were in exchange for “new revenue in a compromise offer.”

Oh. Of course.