Jul. 14th, 2011

spritechan: (Dilbert - Drunk or morons)

You may not know this, as I am unsure about how much national news publicity MN has been getting for this crap, but on July 1st, Minnesota had not reached a budget agreement, and per our law, the state government shut down, with exclusions that were agreed upon last-minute (such as Medicaid, Group Residential housing, and medication assistance). We have been shut down for 14 long, annoying days, and today they say they MIGHT be reaching an angry agreement.

This is such crap. It affects a hell of a lot of people (with like 20-some thousand state workers without jobs right now and so many social service programs shut down), and it even affects me! I lost my whole wallet the week before Distant Worlds, and I have been without a license for almost a month. I squeezed into the DMV before the shutdown, but a paper copy is really only good in case I get pulled over. But Miller had to pull its beer from the shelves, bars and other establishments haven't been able to renew THEIR licenses, Canterbury (huge racing track) had to close, the economy is falling apart even MORE and all because some idiots in the government couldn't agree on a budget.

The point is, Minnesota is the ONLY state to be stupid enough to SHUT. DOWN. during one of these debacles. Ugh. Hate.

Here's a recent link if you're interested:

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