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Legislative Session: Let's Get To Work

Category: Guns
Posted: 01/07/13 23:47

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.

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MN Democrats Take Over - GOP Gives Same Old, Same Old

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 01/07/13 02:33

by Dave Mindeman

As we close in on the start of a new legislative session, let's point something out....

Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, incoming Senate minority leader, said that while they lost the election, "philosophically, we don't think our ideas are wrong." Republicans' task, he said, is doing "a better job of communicating those ideas."

Republicans say that a lot. Their ideas are never wrong. Coming out of an election cycle that saw Democrats winning on all fronts, the Republicans still believe they are OK in the idea department.

Maybe while Senator Hann is working on that better "communicating" job, he might want to add another thought.

How about some NEW ideas? Does that ever occur to the Grand Old Party? New, fresh, thoughtful....how about those adjectives?

Instead we will get more of this....

That includes holding down taxes and spending, promoting free-market solutions in health care and other areas, making the state more business-friendly and retaining the traditional legal definition of marriage.

See anything new there? Nope.

During their brief tenure as the legislative controlling party, the Republican majority gave us the no tax mantra and 2 amendments that nobody asked for or particularly wanted.....as the double defeat pointed out in the end.

In order to keep that no tax mantra valid they had to borrow via tobacco bonding and continue the school shift. The classic kick the can strategy. Something that has become common place in GOP government.

Yet, their strategy is to "stay the course"....expecting Minnesotans to come back to this no solution strategy.

As the new session begin, the Democrats are in charge. The state GOP borders on the irrelevant and with those stagnant ideas, that irrelevancy can only grow.

In 2013, maybe we will see what progress really looks like.
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