MN Republicans: Budget Cuts Will Not Affect Veterans

By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Top Minnesota veterans officials say the state may be forced to close veterans’ homes if Republican budget cuts are enacted. That claim has GOP leaders up in arms.

On Friday, veterans packed the Minnesota Capitol hearing room.

The Dayton administration says Republican cuts could indeed force the closing of veteran’s homes, if the GOP budget includes proposals to cut the state workforce.

Larry Shellito, the retired National Guard general, is standing by his comments.

“So, when we talk about cuts — regardless of what they are — the homes are going to be affected,” said Shellito, who is also the Veterans Affairs Commissioner. “Homes will have to be looked at very, very seriously.”

It is a charge that Republican lawmakers categorically deny. In fact, they say they are increasing funding.

“It’s time that this administration quit using these veterans as a political pawn,” said Sen. Mike Perry (R-Waseca). “I don’t think I have to say anymore. Stop it.”

This is just part of the tension developing as the legislature enters its final two weeks.

Gov. Mark Dayton is demanding Republicans to send him a budget. Republicans are saying the Dayton won’t negotiate.

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  1. GOPSUX says:

    Oh sure, let’s believe a con servative.

    1. chill out says:

      Again, you have so much hate and rage in you.Your childish name calling tells me quite a bit about you. Liberals and conservatives have derogatory names for each other and that reveals a lot about their character. I wonder what you’re like in real life?

      1. Walker says:

        You are correct about the name calling by many conservative and liberals. The polarization of politics though comes from the conservative side. If you are not anti abortion, you can’t be part of the conservatives in this state. They call people who don’t toe the part line rinos and try to get rid of them. Try to be a moderate conservative in this group, I would say GOPSUX. Saying that Dayton will nor negotiate is laughable as he has met them on issues. Watching the Republicans in action this session, if they were in business, they would be just short of criminal. It is not hate, it is frustration. Where is Arne Carlson types?

        1. Southern MN Mom says:

          Walker-

          Your fairness lasted all the way to your second sentence. Liberals seem to really believe they are intellectually superior and understand what is best for everything in Minnesota. The fact is the Republicans are now in charge, the state is broke, and they are going to what the people of Minnesota elected them to do they. It seems as if Governor Dayton thinks they are going to change their position on raising taxes at the last moment. He has a big problem, for these are not the Republicans of past years in Minnesota.

          1. AshamedOfTheLegislators says:

            You seemed to have missed the election results. Yes, Republicans are now in control of the MN House and Senate. But by an even larger win in the election, a Democrat is Governor. This is a split ruling body and the citizens of MN expect the parties to work together – that means COMPROMISE to get things done. Compromise means neither party will get everything they want!!!

            Yes, this is certainly not the Republicans of past years – they don’t seem to understand how to legislate. They still have not completed a budget proposal so they can meet with the governor. They have claimed they get take care of the deficits with cuts alone and have not been able to do this – so they are playing political games instead. This is not “holding their breathe” like kids who want to get their way. They have obligations to all citizens of Minnesota to complete their work!!!!

            1. Southern MN Mom says:

              Ashamed-

              You seemed to have missed the election results. Did we not witness the greatest election massacre in the U.S. House of Representatives since the Great Depression last November? Has not President Obama continued many of the Bush policies he campaigned so adamantly against? Why?

              Last November the people of Minnesota, an historically DFL state, gave the GOP both the senate and house for the first time in 30 years! Why did this happen? Are Minnesota voters crazy too?

              I agree with you on your last point. The GOP does indeed “have an obligation to all the citizens of Minnesota.” Their obligation is to solve a 5 billion dollar deficit without raising taxes in a taxation crazy state. These Minnesota Republican legislators are going to do the job they were elected to do as Governor Dayton is soon to discover.

              1. AshamedOfTheLegislators says:

                Who was voted into the Federal level has nothing to do with the MN state legislators and governor completing a biennium budget.

                Governor Dayton was also elected by 57% of Minnesotans that voted – and he campaigned very clearly on raising taxes on the top wage earners. The majority of Minnesotans voted him in knowing this was his commitment. So his “Obligation” is as strong as the GOP from the “election” argument.

                But the Governor has submitted a budget to solve this problem. It is a mixed solution and not only includes the tax increase on the highest income earners but also includes cuts to governments and layoffs of state employees.

                However, in spite of their claims that it is easy to do, the GOP has not submitted a budget proposal that solves the deficit on cuts alone. They have an obligation to do that. It is important for Minnesota to know what these cuts are so they can express an opinion on it. Once that is done they can sit down with the Governor to come up with a COMPROMISED solution. This means that Governor Dayton will not get everything in his solution and the GOP legislators will not get everything in theirs. Once elected, they both represent all Minnesotans – not only those that voted for them. And we are waiting to see what they propose.

                For all the complaints about the special sessions that occurred when the DFL were in charge -, we know see is the GOP heading in the same direction. And very soon the threat of a government shutdown will start costing MN taxpayers money. You can’t just stop a 50,000 staff government on July 1. You have to figure out what the obligations are – they need to decide what can’t be shut down such as VA homes and legally what needs to happen if there is no budget to keep the VA staff (probably supplemental legislation). The state has signed contracts and grants with non-state organizations so the impact of these need to be reviewed. so the state does not get sued or lose the grant money. Employees that will be “laid-off” need to be sent letters. All of this will take staff time in every state department as well as legislators and their staff time to figure out “what kind of supplemental bills need to be passed”). And as everyone in private business knows, staff time translates to money and other activities not getting done.

                It is imperative that the GOP complete their work and submit their proposed budget immediately – and be ready to negotiate compromises with Governor Dayton. That is their obligation to all Minnesotans!

                1. Southern MN Mom says:

                  Ashamed-

                  Once again you missed or do not understand the election results. Dayton only received 43.6 % of the vote and had to endure a recount with Tom Emmer who received 43.2%. Hardly a mandate for Dayton from the people of Minnesota.

                  Your first sentence, “Who was voted into the Federal level has nothing to do with the MN state legislators and governor completing a biennium budget” shows you REALLY DID miss the last election. What happened nationally in November has EVERYTHING to do with what is happening in historically DFL Minnesota!

                  Your last sentence talking of COMPROMISE is equally baffling. I am certain the current group of The Minnesota GOP legislators would ask you and Mr. Dayton this, “what part of no new tax increases do you not understand?”

                  There are major changes coming in the way the way government is going to tax, spend and operate in every state and in Washington DC. In Minnesota it may take a special session in June or even a shut down in July. Judging from the results of the last election, many people are looking forward to these changes!

  2. Republican Jokes says:

    “It’s time that this administration quit using these veterans as a political pawn,” said Sen. Mike Perry (R-Waseca). “I don’t think I have to say anymore. Stop it.”

    You can’t have it both ways Mikey, cutting taxes to benefit your wealthy constituents is going to be felt by everyone and that will include veterans, the elderly, the poor, and the middle class in this state. You can deny it, but the fact is; your proposing a very, cold, self centered society of have and have not and in the long run, it will never work.

  3. RightWing Mantra says:

    “It’s time that this administration quit using these veterans as a political pawn,” said Sen. Mike Perry (R-Waseca). “I don’t think I have to say anymore. Stop it.”

    You can’t have it both ways Mikey, cutting taxes to benefit your wealthy constituents is going to be felt by everyone and that will include veterans, the elderly, the poor, and the middle class in this state. You can deny it, but the fact is; your proposing a very, cold, self centered society of have and have not and in the long run, it will never work.

  4. Yelper says:

    Bend Over Veterans… you’re about to be taken advantage of by the republicans, a group a slimy people controlled by greed and large corporations…

    Vote Democratic 2012!!

    Go Obama!

  5. Murph says:

    Yeah, an Hitler said Poland was HIS last DEMAND too! Trust no one!

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