Minn. government shutdown puts lives on hold

By AMY FORLITI | July 13, 2011 | 3:29 PM EDT

In this July 12, 2011 photo, Lyda Hanson, 19, of Prior Lake sits in her home surrounded by the tools of her trade. Before even graduating from beauty school, Hanson landed her dream job at a salon. But when Minnesota’s government shutdown prevented her from getting her cosmetology license, the job went to someone else, and Hanson had to start a new search, without being able to tell employers when she can start. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's government shutdown is leaving a countless number of citizens in limbo.

Because state offices that issue licenses aren't operating, many people can't work or face serious business losses because they can't get the paperwork needed to do their jobs.

Cosmetologists, nurses, dentists and other professionals can't get licenses to practice. Would-be drivers can't take the necessary tests.

Some businesses are hung up because they can't get required inspections. Hundreds of restaurants and bar owners can't buy liquor, and fear serious fallout when current supplies run out.

The shutdown entered its 13th day Wednesday with no talks planned between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders. Dayton wants to institute new taxes to solve a $5 billion budget deficit, but GOP leaders say they won't do that.