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Zellers ="Contract Overstepped the Bounds" -That's A Laugh

Category: Kurt Zellers
Posted: 08/13/12 22:48, Edited: 08/13/12 22:49

by Dave Mindeman

Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers thinks that the contract that Governor Dayton negotiated with state employees "overstepped the bounds".

Overstepped the bounds. Hmmmmmm....

The real cost factor come from MMB:

An official with Minnesota Management and Budget says Zellers is incorrect when it comes to the cost of the contracts. He said the expected increases were already factored into the current state budget. He said agencies would have to cover any added costs within their existing budgets. MMB says it will cost the state $13 million more if the new contracts are approved.

Now I am sure that Kurt Zellers will have a higher figure because House Republicans have their own type of math not taught in any known form of education; but no matter....Zellers has to make his cost comparisons against his responsibility for these items.....

1) State Shutdown. The shutdown of State Government was the Republican legislature's fault. Granted, the costs that resulted were much lower than expected, but I think it is safe to assume that when all the construction lawsuits are finished, it will be north of that $13 million figure.

2) Voter ID. Republicans put this crazy amendment on the ballot to fix a phantom problem and when all is said and done, the Minnesota taxpayers will pay more. Ramsey County estimates were put at $1.7 million per cycle. Hard to calculate those costs statewide...but I think we can safely put it past $13 million.

3) Vikings Stadium. Zellers will try to pass this off on the Democrats (who did bring most of the votes), but Zellers is equally culpable because he allowed it to come to the floor. It is becoming more evident that the gambling revenue source is not going to be adequate for payment and we may end up directly paying taxpayer general fund money to make up the difference. And if that happens it will surpass the $13 million figure.

4) Interest on School District Borrowing. Zellers and his legislative cohorts shifted the school payments and the delay has caused school districts to borrow money to keep budgets current. Which also means they pay interest on that borrowing. Judging by the multi-million dollar numbers required, I think we can safely assume that again, we will be north of $13 million.

And I have to mention.... although it has not gotten close to $13 million (yet), the Senate has also tacked on a bill to the taxpayer for the Brodkorb lawsuit.

So you can understand my skepticism about Zellers crying foul over a contract with state employees that give them a mere 2% raise with increased out of pocket health care expenses.

Come to think of it....it's laughable.
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Category: Kurt Zellers
Posted: 05/02/12 23:14

by Dave Mindeman


Hey, kids. The Vikings are getting their roof, but it looks like we might be losing this one!!

(photo from Star Tribune)
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Can't Spell "Gigantic Policy Failure" Without GOP

Category: Kurt Zellers
Posted: 07/01/11 02:55

by Dave Mindeman

I thought that maybe Minnesota budget negotiations were at least getting somewhat realistic. Nope. It was Alice in Wonderland.

After things broke down, here is a quote from Kurt Zellers:

"We will not saddle our children and grandchildren with mounds of debts, with promises for funding levels that will not be there in the future," said House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove. "This is debt that they can't afford. It's debt that we can't afford right now."

Now couple that with a report of the GOP offer:

The GOP proposed delaying another $700 million in payments owed to schools, which would add to the more than $1 billion the state already owes K-12 schools.

How does Zellers "concern" for our children fit in there? Our children's future IS education and yet, the GOP continues to IOU the problem.

And then my favorite hothead couldn't resist....

Early in the morning, Rep. Pat Garofalo, a Republican who chairs the House education finance committee, posted on his Twitter account: "You can't spell FAILED without DFL!"

Guess the DFL needs to be blamed if they are in the majority, minority, or whatever. I guess Garofalo hasn't figured out his responsibility in the matter....oh, right, I forgot -- Garofalo shirks responsibility - on everything...all the time.

His "concern" for education must be about $700 million short of full.

And still, despite all that, Governor Dayton continued to move on his own position with compromise:

The governor said his last offer would have raised income taxes only on those earning more than $1 million a year -- an estimated 7,700 Minnesotans, or 0.3 percent of all taxpayers, according to the Revenue Department.

Is the MN GOP owned by these richest of the rich? Asking the 3/10th of One % to chip in a little more so the rest of the 99.7% of Minnesotans can avoid a shutdown...is that too much to ask?

Oh, and by the way, the GOP says -- Governor Dayton -- you have to accept our position on divisive policy issues as well....

Talks may have also broken down because an earlier GOP offer asked Dayton to accept controversial policy positions the Republicans pushed for this year, including photo ID requirements at the polls and abortion restrictions. An offer sheet provided to the Star Tribune said the policy adoptions were in exchange for "new revenue in a compromise offer."

Hard to believe that the GOP has the "balls" to bring social issues into the final budget negotitations.

But why not? They pushed the marriage discrimination amendment through during the regular budget cycle. Obviously, the budget continues to play second fiddle to social issues.

Oh, and by the way, you can't spell "gigantic policy failure" without GOP.
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