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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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Governor Prepares for Shutdown - GOP Flies Around

Category: Kurt Zellers
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.
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