Posted: 05/26/11 01:48, Edited: 05/26/11 01:49
by Dave Mindeman
The legislative session has ended. Not exactly with the results we would want or expect. In fact, our Governor and his cabinet are preparing for a shutdown of government on July 1st.
What are the Republican legislative leaders doing?
Why, they are flying around the state.
Is this a "victory" lap? Usually, those fly arounds are reserved for touting accomplishments. I'm not sure what this one was for. Certainly they are not counting putting that marriage discrimination amendment on some kind of major accomplishment list....are they?
Instead of fixing the budget, they are explaining the rigid stances they have taken. They say they took those stances for us...for Minnesota. But I don't see anybody giving them high fives.
I think we need a little less explaining and a little more searches for answers. This is not some ideological game. It affects Minnesota. It will put 20,000 to 30,000 state employees out of work. It will close state parks. It will put Metro transit in shutdown mode (although in the last shutdown, they were allowed to run without funding for awhile), and it will take longer to get to the state service you need.
But more importantly, it will cost the state more money. The last shutdown was for 8 days and it cost the State, $2.7 million. Add the cost of a special session at $40,000 per day and you have an expensive venture into our foray of "living within our means".
Yes, if our Republican leaders are worried about money, they have an odd way of showing it. Instead of flying around the state, maybe they should be toning the rhetoric down and start to actually fix this problem by talking to the Governor that has to sign their bills.
No sir, this session was not much to brag about.....Oh, I forgot, they put the marriage discrimination amendment on the ballot. Maybe that was worth the fly around.