It is July 13, 2011 the 13th day of the State government shutdown and Minnesotans (and others across the country) are wondering what will end the unprecedented shutdown of state government.  The toll of the shutdown continues as the ramifications slowly ripple through the economy and affect thousands in all corners of the State.

 

Minnesotans are asking: “What Will It Take to End the Shutdown?”

The answer – or at least a path to a back to normal functioning State government – may be found in a story in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.   According to the article, MillerCoors must remove beer from the Minnesota market because the company did not renew their brand label registration with the state before the shutdown began. Under Minnesota law, brewers must renew their registrations — which show the label on each brand of beer — every three years.  Apparently MillerCoors tried to renew in mid-June, but the process got delayed when they wrote a check for too much money. According to the article a MillerCoors representative reported they sent in a new check, which the state received on June 27th, but nonetheless got a letter from the State three days later saying their brand licenses had expired.

How Will Minnesotans React?

Recent new stories have suggested that because many Minnesotans are not directly affected by the shutdown, there is not widespread public outcry demanding a resolution.  Because Miller Coors sells an estimated 38% of the beer in Minnesota, it is expected that liquor stores and bars — and the public — will be affected.  As temperatures heat up, the frustration with the lack of a resolution to the budget dilemma is rising. For more on Minnesotans reaction to the shutdown please see: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/12/us-minnesota-shutdown-idUSTRE76B6MZ20110712  The development related MillerCoors follows news that hundreds of bars and liquor stores across Minnesota are slowly running out of alcohol because they were unable to renew their state-issued purchase cards.  An industry representative stated that eliminating MillerCoors product could have a much larger impact, since it would apply to nearly every liquor retailer in the State.

A list of the beers that are affected:

Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Style Pale Ale, Coors Banquet, Coors Light, Coors Light 3.2, Foster’s Lager Beer, Foster’s Premium Ale, Grolsch Amber Ale, Grolsch Blonde Lager, Grolsch Light Lager, Grolsch Premium Lager, Hamm’s, Hamm’s Genuine Draft Style, Hamm’s Special Light, Henry Weinhard’s Dark, Henry Weinhard’s Hefeweizen, Henry Weinhard’s Pale Ale, Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve, Icehouse Beer, Keystone Light Beer 3.2, Killians Irish Red 3.2, MGD Light 64, Mickey’s Ice Ale, Mickey’s Malt Liquor, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller High Life 12/16 oz can, Miller High Life Ice, Miller High Life Light 12 oz can, Miller Lite 3.2%, Miller Lite Beer, Milwaukee’s Best #1 , Milwaukee’s Best Ice, Milwaukee’s Best Light #1 3.2, Molson Canadian, Molson Canadian Light, Molson Golden, Molson Ice, Molson XXX, Olde English 800 Malt Liquor, Sparks Light.

For a link to the StarTribune article please see:http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/125490398.html.  Minnesotans are gradually experiencing the effects of the Shutdown.  For information about what State services and functions are affected please see: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/13/minnesota-government-shutdown-faq/.

At Hessian & McKasy we are assisting clients in handling issues related to the State shutdown.  The views expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer, Hessian & McKasy, a Professional Association.

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