Too Much Government

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Minnesota's state government shutdown is causing a big problem for brewing giant MillerCoors.

The state has told MillerCoors it needs to pull its products from stores, bars and restaurants statewide because of a licensing problem caused by the shutdown.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville said Wednesday that MillerCoors' "brand label registrations" with the state have expired. The employees who process renewals were laid off when state government shut down July 1 in a budget dispute.

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.

In the days leading up to the shutdown, thousands of outlets scrambled to renew their state-issued liquor purchasing cards. Many of them did not make it.

Now, with no end in sight to the shutdown, they face a summer of fast-dwindling alcohol supplies and a bottom line that looks increasingly bleak.

"It's going to cripple our industry," said Frank Ball, executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, which represents thousands of liquor retailers in the state.

The Ugly Mug, a popular bar near Target Field, doesn't have enough beer to get through the baseball season.

"Our inventories are diminishing rapidly over the next month," owner Erik Forsberg said. He was among a cluster of bar and restaurant owners who appealed Tuesday to a court-appointed special master to be allowed to continue buying alcohol during the shutdown. "When [the Twins are] back on Thursday and people can't get Budweiser and they can't get whatever, they're just going to go somewhere else."

Come Labor Day, cigarette smokers will be in the same bind.

The state has stopped issuing the tax stamps that distributors must glue to the bottom of every pack before it's sold for retail.

The state also would stand to lose millions of dollars in taxes that come through alcohol and cigarette sales, further diminishing already anemic revenues.

Howe said Dayton could use his executive authority to order that the cards remain valid until the shutdown is resolved.

Here is a bold idea, why don't we get the state out of the business of regulating who can sell liquor. We don't need liquor licenses and brand label registrations. I have been to countries with no liquor laws and everything works fine. We can still fine or close establishments that serve minors or gang-bangers, but we don't need to waste millions a year policing and harassing the businesses that generate tax revenue for the state.

Mark Dayton is insane for intentionally losing the lottery revenue or $1 million a day. He is ricking millions more and irreparable damage to the state all because this trust fund baby hates people that actually make their money.

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JW of Minnesota
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written by JW of Minnesota , July 13, 2011

This raises the question of what is our default without government.

Without government to oversee and charge for liscences, Cantebury should be free to do as they choose. Why should government's heavy hand remain?

In most cases, the policing of establishments serving to minors is done by local authorities, and continues during the shutdown.

I can't answer Bart's question of why the state even needs to be involved. Only reason I see is continue their mandated policy of a 3-tier distro system in MN.



Barthélemy Barbancourt
If the state isn't open to issue a permit,
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , July 13, 2011

why should the permit be valid anymore?

The state should prove that they are needed rather than have the business prove that are acceptable.



Nobody
I don't know
written by Nobody , July 13, 2011

Why we need a licenses for everything? A few I can see. Since I don't need a license to sell drugs, so I can? I'm going to re-read "free to choose" by Freidman. If you purchase enough volume liquor to buy whole sale is that the threshold?


Barthélemy Barbancourt
I wondered that too
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , July 13, 2011

Why can't the bars go to Sam's Club to restock? There must be a law against buying retail and selling retail.

Maybe the shutdown will show some Minnesotans that we have too damned many laws in MN. One way to cut government is to reduce the number of useless laws like the ones listed above.



JW of Minnesota
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written by JW of Minnesota , July 13, 2011

The state has enacted a complex array of liquor laws. Many of them a result of Prohibition and a desire for "what's good for the people".

You have to sign paperwork at Sam's Club or Costco if you buy booze above X amount. (an anonymous person told me)






Nobody
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written by Nobody , July 13, 2011

It a fairly low amount at Sam's. A couple bottles of booze and a few of wine and you have to sign.



Sequel
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written by Sequel , July 13, 2011

I'll have to buy beer and tobacco in Hudson.
I'll be sure to really stock up so even after (or if) our drunken lunatic of a Governor signs a budget, I'll be set for a while.



Sequel
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written by Sequel , July 13, 2011

I'll be in WI and the U.P. this weekend. I'll check pricing and buy some scotch and cigs.



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