Legislature, Gov. Far From Budget Compromise

By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — It’s the last day of the 2011 Minnesota legislative session — or is it?

Just hours away from the midnight deadline, the legislature and the governor are far from a budget compromise.

There’s a disconnect at the Capitol between republicans and democrats. Nothing new there. But republicans say they’re optimistic there will be a budget deal, while Gov. Mark Dayton is talking about a government shutdown.

The republican legislature has already sent a package of budget bills to the governor. They contain significant rollbacks in government spending.

Gov. Dayton insists he won’t sign what he calls “an all cuts budget” and republican leaders are acting like they don’t believe him.

Dayton’s stilll calling for income tax hikes on wealthy, just fewer than he did before.

“A compromise means you agree to things you dont agree with.  They’re not willing to agree to anything that they don’t think is absolutely in line with their perceived mandate,” Dayton said. “Well, I have a mandate, too. I got elected by the people of Minnesota.”

If the new democratic governor and the new republican legislature don’t get their work done, there’s plenty of blame to go around.

Talks between the governor and republicans are reported to be cordial. And top GOP leaders still say they are optimistic they “will” reach a deal to end the session on time.

“I continue to not believe that Governor Dayton will not take the state to a shutdown or a special session over a tax increase,” said Deputy Majority Leader Sen. Geoff Michel.

Even though republicans say they are optimistic, the governor says just the opposite — that he is “pessimistic” any deal will be reached.

In fact, he said even though he now has all the republican budget bills on his desk, he’s got until Tuesday to sign or veto. And he won’t act until Tuesday, after the legislature has already adjounred.

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  • Murph

    Shut ‘er down! The GOP wants to blame everybody but the people getting rich on our misery and then give THEM a tax reduction by raping you,me and ours some more! In any other country they would be in front of firing squad or hung by their turkey necks…. months ,if not years ago! @)!@ cannot come fast enough.POTUS Pawlenty????? Oh boy is the GOP we ta did or what ?


    Dear Murph,

    Who is getting rich on your misery? In which countries excactly would these rich people be (er..have been) executed?
    In my opinion Murph, you are clearly “we ta did”. Or maybe just a disgusting bigoted fool.

    • Murph

      Thank you Tim for your honesty! You did not mean to endanger the State of Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens,it just slipped your slimey mind huh! I was wondering when you would react!

  • kevin

    @Bob. The depression started under George Bush,. The rest of what you say is so delusional that it just bears the report button

  • WHAT?????

    To all of you GOP backers I would like you to take a look at Bob here and then take a look at all the comments you make about “liberal” comments on any of these stories. Point is, you make stuff up just like the “liberals” that you always talk about. No proof of anything that is stated there and he and you know it. Just another person bashing what they do not like without any thought other than “I hate this”. Fools on both sides and in between and there is proof enough of that in the posts that are here and any other political story. Are people so far from the truth they have to make things up all the time and just spew hate?
    Hate to break it to you Bobby boy and to the rest of you but you all look like fools just b!tching about this without any ideas or statements other than the “I hate this” or “you are so stupid” comments that are bound to start pouring in any second now. I guess intellectual conversation might be going the same way printed news is, just dying off so the new and faster hate can be spread.

  • Marie

    Let the blame game began. Either party is better than the other and they all know it. So pull up your pants people and get it done and stop pointing fingers do the job you where voted in to do, Man or woman up to your mistakes and do the right thing and stop costing the taxpayers more money with a special session. Just getter done!!

  • Legislature DO YOUR JOB!

    Everyone needs to give and take a little. The legislature need to do what is best for the majority of the people in Minnesota! Since the Pawlenty rein it has been the rich getter richer and the middle class joining the poor. If the rich are unable to pay their fair share we need to shut down the state government–and when they shut government down SHUT IT ALL DOWN! The rich are getting richer by laying off their highest paid workers and then hiring back cheaper labor–that’s their job creation!

  • tom

    doesn’t the POS governor look like he needs a whiskey coke.

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