Posted: 07/23/15 01:30
by Dave Mindeman
On Tuesday, Governor Dayton tried to be pretty clear about next year's legislative session....
"Anybody ... in the Legislature who thinks we're going to give all this money back in tax cuts better understand that I will not sign a tax bill that does not have an equitable amount overall for early childhood," Dayton told reporters.
I didn't see too much ambiguity about that, but of course Speaker Daudt has his "doubts"....
House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said the governor's remarks Tuesday are an attempt to "hold hostage tax relief." He added that if the governor wants more funding for early childhood education, "it's his job to go out and earn the support for it."
Dayton also sent a clear message about investigations into Planned Parenthood....
He also rejected recent calls for an investigation into Planned Parenthood clinics in the state by Minnesota Republicans.
The Republican Senate minority leader was quick to respond...
Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, expressed disappointment after Dayton said he saw no basis for an investigation. Hann argued that the surreptitiously obtained video should be enough to launch a probe.
There isn't any ambiguity about Dayton's positions here. But you know what is missing....once again?
Senator Tom Bakk.
No quotes. No words. No written support.
Will Dayton be voicing a Democratic position but, again, without the Senate leadership being his legislative voice? Will the end product be a Bakk/Daudt trade off.....with the Governor left out?
A Democratic governor with a Democratic majority Senate should have more leverage to work with.
But then, this Senate majority is under Bakk control.
With that in place, we can't be certain of anything.