Former Gov. Carlson Predicts Special Session

By Courtney King, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s another meeting of the DFL Governor and Republican legislators this morning in the ongoing effort to reach a budget deal in time for Monday’s deadline. Will they get it done this time?

According to former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, “I would think probably not.”

Carlson thinks it’s inevitable that we’re heading for a special session and for a couple reasons.

“One, there’s very little time left. Two, there’s no indication of a willingness by both parties to compromise, so I think a stalemate is going to occur.”

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Carlson said there is an opportunity to see this as a real plus.

“This thing has gone on for 10 years now. Minnesota has not properly balanced its budget over the last 10 years. We have gone on from deficit to deficit so why don’t we learn from the past?”

Carlson also suggested building a new business plan for Minnesota with a focus on job creation.

“Bring together some key business leaders — current business leaders and some of the past leaders that have helped define our quality of life.”

Overall Carlson said we need to learn to invest in the future.

“In this debate we hear nothing about quality of life. Nothing about what’s good for children. It’s only about how many people can we get off the government payroll or how many programs we can eliminate,” he said.

  • xx

    Legislators have a job to do in a given amount of time.
    It seems to me that for every day that a congressman has to work in a special session, they should be paying the state $500 per day for their inability to meet their job requirements.

    Why should the tax payers pay the congress folks for not doing thier jobs in the form of a special session?

  • M McGrane

    “Former Gov. Carlson Predicts Special Session”.. Heck I could have told you that last year when they finished. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out. It happens just about every year.

  • Redbone Bob

    What a worthless article! These politicians should do what they were hired to do and that is look out for the tax payers. None of them will take the free money for the racino , because they are paid off.

  • Pavel

    I may not agree with former Governor Carlson on some thiings, but he usually has something worthwhile that others can learn from. In this case I could not agree more. The legislature has lost sight of the things that make Minnesota a great place to live and raise a family.

    Children are our future. We need to provide the best education, health care and opportunity for our children.

    Thank you Governor Carlson!

    • gtV

      I agree with you here. You and I have crossed debating swords many times but for once we are in agreement about Gov. Carlson. He has the right ideas for getting MN out of this mess but his GOP peers and some very obstinate Democrats aren’t listening to his experiences and his forthright counsel. Even Gov. Dayton, at least, has sought his experienced counsel.

      Now if more legislators would only listen things might get done for the benefit of all Minnesotans. Pavel, wouldn’t you agree that would be too politically easy for the present GOP T-Baggers and obstinate Democrats in the Legislature? I rest my case.

  • Pavel

    I believe a third-party might be able to negotiate a settlement. It would have to be someone of “stature” and one who can find the middle ground. Only problem with this is these teabaggers who will never compromise.

  • BB

    It isn’t going to happen folks. The Republicans are far too busy with social engineering. They all ran on ” jobs, jobs, jobs but have done everying but jobs. You voters were duped.

  • Citizen

    Arne Carlson was the last great governor Minnesota had. It says a lot about Governor Dayton’s intelligence and humility that he sought Carlson’s advice. Governor Dayton has already offered compromised to the right-wing Rethuglicans in the legislature. He shouldn’t offer any more. Let the GOP force a special session with their inability to be adults and compromise. That is what life is all about: COMPROMISE. None of us, repeat, none of us gets it all our way all the time.

    • Swamp Fox

      You said it all, brother. The MN GOP; I’m using ‘GOP’ loosely; doesn’t know what ‘compromise’ means let alone how to balance the budget. Where are the “jobs” they promised? I wonder what toxic brand of ‘tea’ they are drinking.

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