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The "Fiscally Responsible" Kurt Daudt

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/20/17 16:30

by Dave Mindeman

The GOP rails about fiscal responsibility without any evidence that they know what that means.

Tax cuts for the wealthy does not lower the national debt. Sorry, it's math. And Trump officials use charter planes for state visits. Why?

But here in Minnesota is the dorkiest of all. Kurt Daudt made a big deal of withholding pay raises from the House - even after we had a state referendum that authorized a commission to do so. Just couldn't allow the thousands involved in that salary hike to well deserved legislators.

Then when Dayton line item vetos the legislature funding in an attempt to renegotiate some details without shutting down the government, Daudt turns around and sues the executive branch.

So both sides of the legislative divide - governor and legislature - have to hire expensive lawyers to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

And what's the remedy?

Mandatory mediation (which essentially means talking to each other) which ends up costing the state a paltry sum of $1,000 per hour.

Thanks Daudt. Well thought out.

Maybe if you are litigation happy it should come out of your own pocket.
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Would Amazon Come To Minnesota?

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/08/17 13:38

by Dave Mindeman

There is a lot of talk about Amazon's new hub placement with its 50,000 potential jobs. Axios listed the top 5 contenders in their estimate:

1. Denver
2. Chicago
3. Phoenix
4. Minneapolis
5. Detroit

Denver got the highest marks because?

Superior transit system. If Amazon is going to build a major facility, they need to have their workers with access to a mobile transit system. 50,000 people is a lot of commutes - and car congested highways are going to be a net negative for any location analysis.

Minneapolis gets high marks for its university system - and Dayton has worked hard to maintain and improve that system.

But the House GOP Republicans, despite all their high minded rhetoric about building jobs in Minnesota are killing the very things that attracts business to this state - transit access and education.

Wisconsin recently got Foxconn to locate in southern Wisconsin. But they had to "buy" their way into it. It will cost them years of revenue to have this factory.

Minnesota can attract business on the merits. At least we will if the Republicans in the legislature don't obstruct our selling points.

In the end, business needs a business friendly environment and a suitable means for workers to get to and from work safely and quickly.

The MNGOP works against that environment. That must change.
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Daudt - A Win At All Costs Mentality

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 07/19/17 18:01

by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt thinks he is pretty clever. He risked a government shutdown with a poison pill in the tax bill trying to put Dayton in an impossible position.

Dayton could have vetoed that tax bill and sent us into another round of probable shutdown, but he doesn't play the same kind of game that Daudt does.

Today's court ruling that Dayton's line item veto was unconstitutional was followed immediately by a Kurt Daudt tweet:

"Pretty good day for Minnesotans."

Well, in Daudt's world maybe, but that tax bill is not good for all Minnesotans. It lowers revenue on cigarette taxes (and cigars). Its good for the wealthy once more as estate taxes are cut as well as business property taxes.

Let's just say that it was a good day for Kurt Daudt, because his political ploy worked. What Gov. Dayton did with the line item veto, may be construed as unconstitutional but the reason he did it was that Kurt Daudt put in a poison pill that defunded the Revenue Department if Dayton vetoed the bill.

That was a low minded political gimmick...and frankly should be part of the Constitutional arguments. What Daudt did was to unconstitutionaly take an option away from the executive branch.

So, maybe Daudt won this round via trickery and deceit. (Seems to be a typical Republican tactic these days). But if Daudt runs for Governor, which seems likely, he will be arguing on the other side. He will be looking to protect the executive branch if he would happen to become the governor. And if his past record holds true - he will do so with more gimmicks and political tricks designed to give him every advantage.

That is not a method for gaining consensus. But then Daudt doesn't want consensus and compromise. He is like Trump - win at all costs.

Seems to be the order of the day.
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