March 12, 2017

New Drivers Out of Luck During Minnesota Shutdown

“The prolonged government shutdown in Minnesota is affecting more than just state workers, the Associated Press reported July 13. Driver’s license testing has been put on hold throughout the budget crisis, leaving many young drivers out of luck. Current drivers are able to get their licenses renewed through county offices, though.
The Minnesota state government’s non-critical services have been shutdown since July 1 due to a budget disagreement between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican Senate leaders. As of July 14, no talks are scheduled between the two sides as the crisis dragged into its third week.
Kinya Gilbert, a 15-year-old Minnesota resident, completed her driver’s education classes the day before the shutdown on July 1. She planned to take her written test, required to receive her learner’s permit, but those plans are put on hold until the budget crisis is resolved.
“”I have swimming every day after school,”" said Kinya. “”I’ve been taking the bus and riding my bike, but it would just be better to drive.”"
Driver’s license testing centers are closed throughout the state. Young drivers looking to get their permits and licenses are out of luck. Even the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services website has been disabled while the budget impasse continues.
Those already licensed can get them renewed, however. There are more than 150 locations statewide for Minnesotans to get their driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations renewed.
Heenepin County, the state’s largest, has eight locations. Drivers can get their paperwork and processing completed, but the actual plastic license itself may have to wait until the crisis is resolved. After some initial confusion in June, a ruling from District Judge Kathleen Gearin deemed motor vehicle computer systems a critical service and they are being manned by county workers.
The day before before the shutdown on July 1, licensing centers throughout the state experienced long lines as residents feared the offices would be closed. Once word spread that the renewal centers would remain open, business returned to normal.
“”It was the longest line I’d ever seen here for anything, and people looked kind of tired and frustrated,”" said Minnesota resident William Olive, about the long lines at his local renewal center on June 30.
He returned the next day, not sure the offices would be open. He was able to receive his new license tab within minutes.
Minnesotans looking for a licensing center should visit the Minnesota Deputy Registrar Association at mndep.com/locations.php.”

“The prolonged government shutdown in Minnesota is affecting more than just state workers, the Associated Press reported July 13. Driver’s license testing has been put on hold throughout the budget crisis, leaving many young drivers out of luck. Current drivers are able to get their licenses renewed through county offices, though.

The Minnesota state government’s non-critical services have been shutdown since July 1 due to a budget disagreement between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican Senate leaders. As of July 14, no talks are scheduled between the two sides as the crisis dragged into its third week.

Kinya Gilbert, a 15-year-old Minnesota resident, completed her driver’s education classes the day before the shutdown on July 1. She planned to take her written test, required to receive her learner’s permit, but those plans are put on hold until the budget crisis is resolved.

“”I have swimming every day after school,”" said Kinya. “”I’ve been taking the bus and riding my bike, but it would just be better to drive.”"

Driver’s license testing centers are closed throughout the state. Young drivers looking to get their permits and licenses are out of luck. Even the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services website has been disabled while the budget impasse continues.

Those already licensed can get them renewed, however. There are more than 150 locations statewide for Minnesotans to get their driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations renewed.

Heenepin County, the state’s largest, has eight locations. Drivers can get their paperwork and processing completed, but the actual plastic license itself may have to wait until the crisis is resolved. After some initial confusion in June, a ruling from District Judge Kathleen Gearin deemed motor vehicle computer systems a critical service and they are being manned by county workers.

The day before before the shutdown on July 1, licensing centers throughout the state experienced long lines as residents feared the offices would be closed. Once word spread that the renewal centers would remain open, business returned to normal.

“”It was the longest line I’d ever seen here for anything, and people looked kind of tired and frustrated,”" said Minnesota resident William Olive, about the long lines at his local renewal center on June 30.

He returned the next day, not sure the offices would be open. He was able to receive his new license tab within minutes.

Minnesotans looking for a licensing center should visit the Minnesota Deputy Registrar Association at mndep.com/locations.php.”

Find out more, visit:

Minn. government shutdown puts lives on hold – AP

Minnesota shutdown costing millions – Politico.com

Balanced Budget Amendment – Wikipedia

Minnesota state shutdown reaches beer – KARE 11

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