ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers are reacting tepidly to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s first State of the State speech.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers said Wednesday that the speech was looking backward, not forward. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says it had a “retrospective” feel.

Dayton asked the GOP-run Legislature for a commitment that they won’t let the coming budget fight reach the point of a government shutdown. He also vowed to spend more on K-12 schools and transportation.

Koch and Zellers say the prospect of a shutdown is overstated at this point. They say the state doesn’t have the money to back up Dayton’s promises.

Dayton is slated to release his budget proposal next week as the state faces a $6.2 billion deficit over the next two years.

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Comments (8)
  1. Right, sure,... okay, I think... says:

    Kurt Zellers comment that Gov. Mark Dayton’s speech was looking backward, not forward, was from his position looking backwards, not forward.

  2. Ron says:

    Lord help us, politics!

  3. Trudy says:

    Governor Dayton appears to have no clue what’s he’s doing.

    1. shirley says:

      trudy, Governor Dayto has did for for this state than the party of no want to give him credit for. What does Tim p have to look back on?

  4. richard says:

    Trudy, maybe a smart person like you should have run for Gov. I’m sure you’d have all the answeres. The “Party of NO” is alive and well in Mn. We got rid of the dictator and have a Gov. whose willing to look for for SOLUTIONS. Let’s give him a chance. The only thing standing in the way are the polititions who are not looking for solutions for Mn.,but are looking for political dominance and power. Speaking of “looking back”…I ask the question…what are the repubs asking for? Let me guess …Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporation and cuts of the programs that help the low and middle earners. We all know how that’s worked over the last ten years or so.

  5. shirley says:

    koch & zeller might want to think about their job security there and get in the game.. you were all elected to do what’s right for the people who put you in office.

  6. Tom says:

    The State of MN is going to be filing for bankruptcy before Dayton is out of office. He could not even do the job as a Senator and the liberals in this state made him governor. He will spend like Obama has in the White House. Kiss your childrens futures goodbye.

    1. Really? says:

      Tom, I hear a lot from one party about my children’s future. They say our children are at stake if we don’t cut spending and if we don’t lower taxes. It sounds good, sort of, and it kind of makes sense. It makes about as much sense as forcing an elderly person out on the street in the middle of winter to fend for themselves saying, “Well, you are going to die anyway. Just take your bumps now.”

      It makes no sense and it is mean and cruel.

      I am unemployed. We have exhausted everything and anything to stay afloat. My wife, my children, and myself are so much at a loss today that if we do ever get out of this it will take “many years” for us to recover enough to simply tread water after we have sunk so low. And I am not alone. What is happening to many Americans today is indeed causing our children to pay for many years to come if or if we don’t lower taxes and reduce spending. I had no choice but to sacrifice my savings and my retirement earned to survive today. My savings and retirement was designed to be used in the future for my children and my wife and I future. It is gone.

      I did not cause this economic mess yet I am paying dearly for it.

      At the dinner table tonight we are blessed with a can of tuna, some milk and butter, and a box of tuna helper. We think it’s like Christmas considering how many other nights these past two years we had much less. And at dinner if you came to my “near foreclosed house” and told us as sincere as you can be with compassion even that those who are making money need to have lower taxes so that our children will not have to pay for this economic mess we are in right now… if you said that, I would ask you to leave, and I would ask you not to return, and I would not vote for you or your friends, and I would with my last dying breath campaign against you and vote against all your like minded fools who mouth off about NOTHING they know of.

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