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Transportation Bill Override Looks Better All The Time

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 10/11/08 15:16, Edited: 10/13/08 13:10

by Dave Mindeman

The report on the current state of the Minnesota budget is not as bad as some states and although we clearly have some forboding financial forecasts coming up, there is one thing I keep thinking about.

Given the fact that the state decided to forego a recent bond sale because of the credit crisis, consider this. During the last legislative session, the Minnesota legislative Democrats and the "override six" were criticized for "raising taxes". But the reality is that they may have saved the state a considerable amount of trouble and money.

Maybe you remember during the budget debate on transportation that Pawlenty and the House Republicans were insisting that the transportation bill forego taxes and do everything via bonding.

Weren't they talking about a billion dollars in borrowing for transportation?

Good night, where would we be right now without that bill? The transportation bill override probably helped revenues; it helped get federal transportation dollars for some of our projects; and it probably saved a huge number of construction jobs.

Am I wrong here?
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Norm Coleman Stole His Hamburger

Category: Norm Coleman
Posted: 10/11/08 14:48

by Dave Mindeman

Politco had a story about Norm Coleman dropping his negative ads because the "country is in the middle of a crisis". But, I found this in the comments about the story:

i was hosting a suite at the St.Paul Excel Center during a Wild hockey game, when our beloved Senator Coleman walked in. I had been hosting the suite for two hours waiting for my clients to eat. I was starving. There was one hamburger left, and I was preparing my bun when Coleman walks in, waves and grabs my burger. Then waves again and leaves. I found out he didn't know anyone in the suite. What kind of nut does that? No, I am NOT voting for him.

Posted By: coleman stole my hamburger! | October 10, 2008 at 05:10 PM

Gee Norm, don't you pay for anything?
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What's the Difference?

Category: Sarah Palin
Posted: 10/11/08 13:28

by A. Anderson

What's the difference between Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney? Lipstick. Both believe in abuse of power, both believe in using private emails to keep secret political activities away from public scrutiny, both believe in secret government, both believe in obstruction of justice, both are intimately connected to the oil industry, and both believe they should tell the president what to do. Instead of maverick we should say, "ditto."
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