Posted: 01/08/13 05:47
by Dave Mindeman
Some random thoughts about the legislative session.
The Democratic majority needs to move forward quickly with a plan that should already be in place on the budget. Republicans will move out of the picture quickly because they will insist, once more and for the millionth time, on no new revenues. A more rational argument right now would be, not what taxes to not utilize, but what kind of new revenues can fix our structural budget deficit.
The bolder the plan the more intense will be the push back. This time, I would hope that the Democratic majority will resist their inherent tendency to back off. A bold tax plan may receive the most criticism but if rationally argued, it can be the most successful. We need this now....and once the public gets the idea that this is fixing the school shifts, and the contant deficits, they will warm to this solution.
But don't stop with the budget. Move forward in other areas. There is a multiple front rationale to all of this. So many things have been neglected in state government because of the Republican desire to stagnate government. Forward momentum is the Democratic friend in this regard. And the GOP will be kept busy trying to block momentum in multiple areas.
This legislature can move on gay marriage. It can move K-12. It can move on getting the U of M house in order. It can move on property taxes. It can move on early voting. And it can move on a constructive bonding bill.
One good thing about Zygi's big push last session is that we probably won't have to deal with any sports related issues this session. That clears out a lot of high powered lobbying and allows us to concentrate on the people in need.
This session has got to be about making Minnesota a progressive minded state once more.
As Ed Schultz says it....Let's get to work.