GOP Lawmaker Wants New Caps On Spending In Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A key Republican lawmaker wants voters to curb lawmakers’ spending by amending the Minnesota constitution.

Senate Taxes Committee Chairwoman Julianne Ortman outlined a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would require legislative supermajorities to approve spending above 98 percent of projected revenue in a given budget period. Extra money would go into a rainy day fund.

The Chanhassen Republican is pressing to put the proposal on the 2012 ballot. She says legislators have a spending problem.

It’s one of a slew of constitutional amendments introduced in past weeks by majority Republicans, who are also considering amendments to ban gay marriage and require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

Democratic Minority Leader Tom Bakk says this year’s budget proposals from GOP majorities wouldn’t meet Ortman’s standard.

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  • B. Franklin

    Geez, lady – can’t you legislators do anything for yourselves? Running to the voters for this and that – do the job you were elected to do or step aside for someone else.

    The LEAST qualified decision makers are the voters, but you are getting closer to making the list

  • Amanda

    So now they are going to put everything on the 2012 ballot???

    So now they care about the spending, but in the other hand they are willing to spend thousands and may be millions of dollars on banning gay marriage and abortion….

    Seriously, GOP is full of double standards…

    • Al

      The GOP is full of much more than double standards…

      • Carlie

        How is that any different than the Democrats? “I was againt the bill before I was for it” One of the many Al Gore brilliant statements. Lets not even get into Joe, mush mouth, Biden

    • Carlie

      Why shouldnt these items go on the ballot? Wouldnt you rather be making the decision on these topics rather than the drones in office? if we pay these legislatures time to discuss and debate we would have millions into their pockets.
      Simply put it out to the voters and let democracy have its way.

  • MJ

    This is becoming a work-around to avoid a veto by Mark Dayton. I am not sure the voting public will respond in the way that these people seem to think that they will.

  • Tea and peas

    “I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.”
    – G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

    • dan

      @ Teas & Peas: Try reading the article before commenting. The article about Obama Bin Laden is on the next page!

  • Al

    Maybe we can have an amendment to the state constitution to fire Ron Gardenhoser.

  • JMJ

    To Amanda – Get your facts straight before you comment. MN government has been run by democrats for a long time.

    • Amanda

      @ JMJ I never said any different did I?? I am only saying that according to the GOP campaigns, no more spending, more jobs…. and sooo far the only thing I have seen is SOCIAL ISSUES

      Such as Abortion, Rape, and Gay marriage bills trying to pass by…

      So what part of my comment you misunderstood or say anything about DEMOCRATS???

  • Walker

    So under this proposal 2% would go into a fund that would take 2/3 voting for it to spend the money with a governors approval. My memory may not be as good as some others (Pat Kessler can reality check it) but it would have to be at least since Arne Carlson that we had a governor and a legislature that could work together. So the budget goes about 50 billion a year. You would have to 2% or 1 billion aside. In 10 years that would be 10 billion.. I think the government can only buy government bonds, so in the end we would all lose more money since a majority can raise taxes when they cannot get a super majority. The money sitting in the pile would lose value as the return would not be as much as inflation, nor would you want the state to be bonding that much future projects.

  • Al

    Don’t forget, billionaires are in need of more money.

  • tom

    get rid of all entitlement programs in this state, think of the savings the will make. Nothing for the illegals and deport the criminals

    • GOPSUX

      And don’t forget, millionaires need more money!

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