Vulnerable Feel The Pinch Of Minn. Gov’t Shutdown

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The blind are losing reading services. A help line for the elderly has gone silent. And poor families are scrambling after the state stopped child care subsidies.

Hours after a political impasse forced a widespread government shutdown, Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents and about 22,000 laid-off state employees began feeling the effects on Friday. With no immediate end in sight to a dispute over taxes and spending, political leaders spent the day blaming each other for their failure to pass a budget that solves the state’s $5 billion deficit.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders said they had no plans to talk over the holiday weekend, guaranteeing the shutdown will linger at least well into next week. Dayton said he thought lawmakers should spend time in their districts talking to constituents.

In the absence of talks, the shutdown was rippling into the lives of people like Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies. Until the government closure, Mills had been focused on recovering from a May 22 tornado that displaced her from a rented home in Minneapolis. Now she’s adding a new problem to her list.

“It just starts to have a snowball effect. It’s like you are still in the wind of the tornado,” said Mills, who works at a temp agency and was allowed to take time off as she gets back on her feet — but after the shutdown also has to care for her six youngest children, ages 3 through 14, because she lost state funding for their daycare and other programs.

Minnesota is the only state to have its government shut down this year, even though nearly all states have severe budget problems and some have divided governments. Dayton was determined to raise taxes on the top earners to help erase a $5 billion deficit, while the Republican Legislature refused to go along with that — or any new spending above the amount the state is projected to collect.

Here, as in 21 other states, there’s no way to keep government operating past the end of a budget period without legislative action. Even so, only four other states — Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee — have had shutdowns in the past decade, some lasting mere hours.

The shutdown halted non-emergency road construction and closed the state zoo and Capitol. More than 40 state boards and agencies went dark, though critical functions such as state troopers, prison guards, the courts and disaster responses will continue.

On Friday, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz started the court-appointed job of sifting through appeals from groups arguing in favor of continued government funding for particular programs.

Nonprofit groups helping the state’s poor have already been hit hard. Some closed their doors immediately, while others continued services, at least for now. Some were looking at layoffs, said Sarah Caruso, president and CEO of Greater Twin Cities United Way, which funds 400 programs serving poor people. She said the impact will depend on how long the shutdown lasts.

“If we go well beyond that two-week window, I think then we will start seeing much more significant closure of programs to support the vulnerable, and the long-term financial viability of some of these agencies will really be called into question,” she said.

So far, 30 agencies had accepted United Way’s offer of advances on their grants, seeking cash to stay up and running.

The stoppage suspended some programs for the blind and visually impaired, including a radio reading service run by volunteers and training for blind people who are learning to walk with a cane. Bonnie Elsey, director of the state’s Workforce Development Division, said a vocational rehabilitation program that places people with disabilities in jobs or school was halted.

Minnesota food pantries scurried to make sure they would still get 700,000 pounds of food — about 30 percent of their total volume — in the next two months through a federal program. Nearly a million pounds already in warehouses were also put on hold by the shutdown. Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, said the federal program’s operation depended on a single state employee working in a data management system. Later Friday, Moriarty said the employee had been called back to work.

The shutdown also idled a state hotline set up to help seniors and their caregivers find services, housing options, help with Medicaid and Medicare insurance and more. A call to the 800 number Friday got a recording saying callers could leave a message.

The political stalemate meant instant layoffs for 22,000 state workers, including Paul Bissen, a road and bridge inspector for more than 26 years. Bissen said he cut back on spending last month. He figured he could go a couple of months without worrying, but on the first day of the shutdown, he said it looked like his washing machine had died — adding another expense.

“I want to work. I’ve got road construction projects to build, to try to make them safe and make them smooth so people can get back to forth to their work,” Bissen said.

Fearful of voter anger, both parties blasted each other for Minnesota’s second shutdown in six years.

GOP Chairman Tony Sutton called Dayton a “piece of work” and accused him of inflicting “maximum pain” for political reasons.

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin laid the blame on Republicans, saying they drove the state to a shutdown to protect millionaires from tax increases sought by Dayton.

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a left-leaning group supportive of Dayton, plans to run weekend radio ads in three popular vacation areas blaming Republicans for the impact of the shutdown, including closed state parks. The group also debuted a “shutdown shame” website.

The shutdown has been a slow-motion disaster, with a new Democratic governor and new Republican legislative majorities at odds for months over how to eliminate the state budget deficit. Dayton has been determined to raise taxes on high-earners to close the deficit, while Republicans insisted that it be closed only by cuts to state spending.

Even after the shutdown looked like a certainty, Dayton and Republicans did not soften their conflicting principles. Dayton said he campaigned and was elected on a promise not to make spending cuts to a level he called “draconian.”

Minn. Services Affected By Government Shutdown

A snapshot of Minnesota state services affected by the government shutdown, which started Friday at 12:01 a.m.


— State parks: 66 state parks and six recreation areas are closed indefinitely. Gates are shuttered and campgrounds are dark.

— State lottery: Ticket sales have ceased. People with winning tickets in hand can’t redeem them for cash.

— Hunting, fishing licenses: If you don’t have it by now, you can’t get one. But the DNR will still enforce the law.

— Highway rest stops: Most are closed. Three that partner with local agencies will stay open, including: Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center, Park Rapids Area Welcome Center and the Floodwood rest area.

— Driver’s licenses: Driving tests are not permitted, but licenses can be renewed at a driver’s license agent office.

— License tabs: State DVS offices will be closed, but deputy registrars could renew plates. City and county offices can also distribute tabs and renew plates.

— Road construction: All non-emergency projects have been stopped.

— Services for the blind: A radio reading program, training to walk with a cane and services to provide magnifiers are halted.

— Services for the deaf: Programs, such as one that provides special telephones to hearing or speech impaired, stopped.

— Minnesota Zoo: Closed to visitors, but some staff will continue to care for animals.

— Historical sites: From Fort Snelling to Split Rock Lighthouse — historical sites are closed.

— Hotline for seniors: Seniors in need of housing, help with health insurance or other options won’t be able to use the hotline.

— Child care assistance: Low-income parents aren’t getting funding to cover cost of day care.

— Tax refunds: They aren’t going out. But taxes are still being collected.

— Nurses and doctors: They can’t renew their licenses — and may be unable to see patients if their licenses expire.

— Veterans and the military: Tuition reimbursements claims stop, as do veterans’ outreach claims.

— State Capitol: Closed to the public.


— Emergency services: Employees handling homeland security and emergency response will keep working.

— State Patrol: They’ll still be on the roads.

— State prisons: Most employees stay on the job, including those dealing directly with offenders.

— Other law enforcement: Many programs stay intact, including the sex offender registry, criminal background checks, fingerprinting services, the state crime lab, and crime scene investigations.

— Education: Funding for K-12 continues; state colleges and universities stay open.

— Medical assistance programs keep running.

— Food stamps, welfare benefits, payments under the MinnesotaCare health insurance program, unemployment payments will continue.

— Workers compensation claims and benefits will still be processed.

— Veterans homes and programs to help veterans.

— Health and safety inspections of health care facilities.

— Child protection services, refugee assistance and state payments to cities and counties will continue.

— Nursing homes and treatment centers.

— Court system: The courts keep running at all levels.

— Marriage Licenses will still be available at county service centers.

— Metro Transit: Buses and rail lines keep on running.

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  • Joe Hanson

    Sorry folks, Governor Mark Dayton deemed you nonessential.


      Sorry Joe Hanson but your the nonessential you must be one who has nothing better to do that sit on you computer! the judge deemed some of us state employees nonessential and I would suggest that you ask people if we state employees are essential and I would bet most think we are unless the live in a cave !

      • Joe Hanson

        Chester, here’s the story –

        “The administration is still preparing lists of employees it will ask a court to declare essential, but it appears likely that delivery of most state services — from licensing to road construction projects to state park operations — will be interrupted.”

      • stubby

        the repubs offered a bill to keep the lights on and keep working on the budget but your mononic gov. said no…shut it down

        • Les Johnson

          You don’t wonder why though, right?

          You have your mind made up that it’s because he’s a cold-hearted, millionaire buffoon who is out to destroy Minnesota, right?

          Because that’s what the Republicans told you to think isn’t it…

          No need to answer…

          • Joe Hanson

            Les, here’s the story –


            “They said the two sides were closer than he admitted, and they criticized his refusal to call a special session so lawmakers could pass a “lights on” budget bill to keep government running. Dayton refused, saying he’s been clear for months that he would only agree to a total budget approach.”

            • Michele

              Yes, so people with money would still feel comfortable. They can still get their hunting licenses, they can still camp, they can still do anything they want to do. Never mind the government employees who have served their lives, and now have to worry about how they’re going to pay their housing costs. Those who squawk about “too much government” need to know what it FEELS like not to have that government.

              Governor Dayton, I support you one hundred percent.

      • GN

        Well folks it basically boils down to some very simple logic, the union owned politicians against the aristocracy owned politicians and working class folks caught in the middle. If everyone would STOP!!! listening to news reporters and do research on who controls whom. People could do a much better job of making choices that count rather than knee jerk, I like that one or that one because of the worthless media coverage and who has the most money to spend on a campaign.

    • Rachel Johnson

      The Republicans have deemed Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, the sick and the disabled nonessential. They will cut the budget just to say they could. They do not care how it affects the less powerful people in society. Now let Govenor Dayton cut the Republicans salaries. I bet all of a sudden there is more money in the budget then they thought. As long as we are on the subject, why don’t the Republicans cut their own salaries. It is ok to do it to everyone. Until it hurts them.

  • Tony

    Kinda funny how the Mark Dayton getting elected on a fluke makes liberals claim the GOP should be fired. Turns out GOP voters split between the Emmer and Horner. Had Horner voters known we would’ve gotten this nut job they surely would have voted for emmer. Then we would have had all GOP control, with no shutdown.

    • Ronald Raygun

      Oh I see, uh huh.

      • Les Johnson

        It’s just me and grandma here. I was out choppin wood. I hear the phone and I come runnin.

    • Cache

      Flawed logic on your part. Dayton received more votes than the totals for the gop legislative seats. You need a source that you will never find to say that more votes cast for horner would have went to emmer. Perhaps had the gop had a moderate candidate you could claim that.

    • Patricia

      Something I can agree with. Tom Emmer would have been a much better choice. Mark Dayton is so full of himself. I have been a democrat my entire life (and that’s a very long time) – no more. We can’t spend what we don’t have. I have. My husband and I have both been unemployed for 2 1/2 years – we’re making do with what we have and getting by. We don’t have healthcare, we can’t afford to go out, but we are paying our mortgage and getting enough to eat! Others should try doing without for awhile!

      • Michele

        What do ANY of your problems have to do with Mark Dayton?

      • Lori

        I agree we finally got permenant work after seven years of temp work here or there. People need to do with out what they can’t afford.

  • Rico Suave

    Some of us are even worse than that. Sometimes I wish I cared how liberals think of me, then I think, they’ll never be be happy, so whatever. I’m totally over liberals not liking me. I’d be be more worried if they did. It’s like being admired by Ted Bundy.

    • bill

      Well said! Adukts do not need the approval of children.

      • bill

        Adults. Spelling oops

    • Rico keeps it real

      I like you Rico. Minnesota has too many of those metro-sexual types of guys. Mother of 8. Funny, no mention of 8 sperm donors.

    • Jack Anderson

      Lorie – that’s exactly what the ABETTER.MN crowd is attempting to pull off. Utterly disgusting!

    • What?

      No, I’m Sorry Rico. I like you. I’m an independent that wants justice for all–fairly. Not Ted bundy, not Jesus, just a friend in need a friend in deed. Get it right is all I care.

  • whats in raygun's pot

    pair of choppers

  • Dennis from Elk River

    This entire situation is disgusting! Grown men and women who were elected to represent us. Pass a budget and lets move on. I will not blame either party in this. Compromise is a must.

    The thing I find most disgusting is that they have all gone home. Get the h_ _ l back to the Capital and get it done or step down and let someone a little better prepared take charge. THAT MEANS EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!!!!

    • Chris

      No, let’s stop compromiising and make some decent cuts already…

      This PROPOSED budget is already 10 – 20% higher than last year’s?

      That does not sound like a cut or cost savings to me, so no compromising!

      • Kathy






      • Dave Campbell

        Chris, do you realize that this budget includes the deficit left by Pawlenty’s smoke and mirrors magic act? The delayed payments to schools and and all the other B.S. that he cut through his unallotments that never got paid even after the courts ruled the illegal.

    • Sam

      Comments like your are just hot offensive and putrid gas.

  • Lou Ann

    And what did people do before we had all these programs they can’t live without. Our parents and grandparents took care of their own problems with the help of family and friends and “sucked it up”.

    • Charlie

      Good point!

      Thank you!

      • bill

        Churches helped alot (now they are not alowed}

        • Slim

          What do you mean by that…

          Catholic Charities and the others are bigger operations than they have ever been…

          Just check out Mary Jo’s Caring and Sharing hands… taking in hundreds of families…

          We do not get your point.

    • Les Johnson

      You mean like state parks? Should we just let them go to ruin since they’ve been deemed non-essential, Lou Ann? Just curious…

    • Kathy

      That is right. People all helped each other without bias or second thought.

      My parents lived through the depression and when someone needed for anything, the word spread and people were there.

      Barn raising days are over because too many, like yourself, are self rightous in their opinion, until something reminds them how vulnerable life really is.

      A child born with multiple defect happens to the unprepared everyday. Every morning when we wake up, no person knows how the day will end.

      We can’t rely on each other anymore. Watch how fast people run when someone is in need, hurting or in trouble. A few may be there for a certain period of time, but you can be certain that they will leave when they don’t see anything in it for them. That is a promise.

      Be cautious about what you ask for, because it may not serve your best interest in the end.

      • Charlie

        Kathy, That is really too bad that you have such a negative opinion regarding others… Why don’t we start by having you raise your expectations and see how it truely is… I witness help and caring of folks every day, no different than your vision of “the good old days”!

    • scott

      i agree lou ann and im thinking if 2200 people are out of work we need to cut some jobs in the state level to

  • Brittany

    BOTH parties are at fault here. Pawlenty started this mess; do people honestly expect Dayton to have fixed the problem in such a short period of time? And keep in mind, the Republicans have a majority now…Dayton isn’t the only one running the show here; while he may have the final say they’ve contributed to the problem clearly as they are obviously involved in the process. Dayton, on the other hand, does have a lot of work to do, and while I do not fully support him, I think his solution is what we need now.

    Of course, not all those who are in the “elite rich” as some call them are frivolously spending their money on boats and vacation homes and actually do allocate a large portion of their income to their children’s education and such, but the fact of the matter is out of all of the levels of income, they are the ones who are the most able to spare spending more taxes as a generalization, and they do not currently (though maybe they did earlier in life) need to utilize the resources that low-income individuals NEED to survive.

    As a professional in the mental health field, I work with a large number of clients and families that utilize these services…it isn’t just MA and support services; think of those that hold jobs (or contracted jobs) through agencies that are state run and are now out of a vital paycheck. Think of those that cannot get food because food shelf distribution and stocking is down. Closing investigations into child abuse and maltreatment of vulnerable adults? Laughable. Even something as simple as closing down background checks means potential jobs are put on a back burner until those can be completed. Throw in limited child care, that allows even less opportunities to work.

    All of this stress on those in need will likely increase the amount of crises that appear, and lo and behold, many crisis centers and facilitlies will be shut down because of this. Emergency rooms will fill up faster, and these people will not get the support and help they need. This is going to be one massive snowball effect that shall surely turn into quite the avalance.

    Needless to say, BOTH parties need to “grow up” and reach an agreement. The Democrats need to realize what they’re up against and make SOME compromises soon; the longer this goes on the longer these people will be without vital services. The Republicans need to relinquish control and realize that yes, we ALL hate tax hikes, but sometimes an unsavory solution is necessary to get us where we need to be. We’re in a mess right now, and both parties have the power to come to a solution. It should not be a matter of sides anymore, it should be a matter of creating a unified solution to get us out of this mess and get things back on track. Get it together, Minnesota. Don’t fail us now.

    • John

      Brittany, Answer one question.

      When did it become the so called rich peoples job to support everyone else? People need to support themselves. and no i am not one of those ‘SO’ called rich people don’t even come close to making half. But i take care of my own & I am not jealous of others.

      • Bill

        John – you need to be exposed to some reality. There is a small group in our population that cannot ‘take care of their own’. This includes people with severe mental illnesses and/or severe physical issues. I see these people frequently — many are homeless. There is a humanitarian (some might say religious) reason to care for these people.
        As important…many in this population – if not assisted – are great drains on public resources. Assistance to help them locate housing, receive proper medical treatment, and find employment is LESS EXPENSIVE than to deal with the problems of vagrancy, emergency care for untreated chronic conditions, and other law enforcement problems.
        Is taxing the highest earners in our society to help fund these programs unfair? Not if you look at income distribution data over the past 30 – 40 years. Those top earners have garnered the bulk of income growth during those years, while the lowest earners have fallen back. I am not in favor of a socialist system…but I do know that our democracy works best when there is a strong middle class and some sense of security among our citizens.
        Are there freeloaders among us?…no doubt and policies need to provide incentives to everyone to take care of themselves and their own.

        • Me

          Bill – Agreed. We also can’t expect people to take responsibility for themselves, like not having kids they can’t support. Tax the rich, apparently it’s their responsibility to pay for everyone else.

        • Mark Too

          I’m in agreement with you that there are a small percentage of Minnesotan’s who are truly dependant on the state and I have no problem with the state supporting them. However, there are far too many who are capable of supporting themselves but choose to milk the system.

          How do we raise the revenue to pay for this? I’d urge you to go to the following link
          Granted this is at the federal level, but the last three paragraphs give us a waning we should not blow off:

          “”As the number [of nonpayers] becomes larger, we have to question whether we’ll make good decisions about how to allocate resources,” economist George Zodrow, a professor at Rice University. “Most people don’t understand how skewed the tax distribution is.”
          Experts say that to pay for all the things on the country’s growing tab, the money can’t just come from a shrunken pool of taxpayers.
          “Over the long run, you’ll have to have a broader base,” Zodrow said. “

          The tax distribution is skewed, very few are paying most of the taxes. Far too many are paying little to no taxes. I was raised with the simple notion that if you use a service you should pay (or help pay) for it.

          • Mark

            The tax distribution federally is much MUCH different than the tax distribution locally. We can agree that federally, it would help to bring into the fold more income earners, and the best way to do this is to start fading away deductions and credits. Overall though, when the top 10 percent owns more than 70 percent of the WEALTH in this country, it doesn’t bother a smidgen that they pay the lions share of taxes as well. And think about the service aspect more broadly. Those 10 percent with all of the weatlh wouldn’t have two dimes to rub together if it wasn’t for the political and economic support and stability that our government provides.

            • Mark Too

              Let’s look at it from a different angle with another saying that I was raised with. “Never bite the hand that feeds you”. It may be true that the top 10 percent wouldn’t have two dimes to rub together without the stability that our government provides. But the remaining 90% wouldn’t have two nickels to rub together if it were not for the jobs and opportunities the top 10% provide.

              That leaves me with two thoughts: First, I have no interest in biting the hand that feeds me (employs me). I like my job, life is good, and I intend to keep it that way. Second, I believe it is morally wrong to take something and not pay for it. As such it is wrong to utilize government services and expect someone else to provide all of revenue for those services. If revenues really needs to be raised, then everyone who uses the government’s services should contribute, not just the top 2% (or 10%).

        • Southern MN Mom


          Our society has an ample safety net and we definitely need it. I think the question these days is this safety net meant to support everyone who wants to jump in it forever?

          Southern MN Mom

    • Rachel

      The only thing I would add to your great comment is, I think all people should realize that it takes revenue to run a government. Just as families need revenue to survive. Taxes are not the enemy. Political parties are not the enemy. The enemy is the apathy towards others. The goal to win at any cost. What happened to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” or “There but for the grace of God goes I.” Human decency is not something that should go out of style. We should all spend more time trying to do what is right and decent. What will make our state and our lives a credit. I would gladly pay for a tax increase if it would enhance our lives. Americans have rights, many privileges and along with that come responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is to pay taxes. So as you said. We need to stick together to make a better place for all of us to live. Get back on track. We need to get the State workers back to work. We need to start thinking of the common good of all.

  • The Blizz

    Right on Dennis!

  • Slim

    Sarcasm, right?

  • Charlie

    And you are being sarcastic too, right?

  • thgir

    This is a great time to review each program, put it to the “google test” and find a private company or non profit to fill the gap. If another provider is found then funding should not be returned to the state group.

  • The Blizz

    Right on Brittany!

  • mark

    Our government has failed us. We can’t hold the Red or Blue accountable, they are BOTH accountable. I am disgusted, dumbfounded and humiliated. Shall we consider not paying state taxes during this time? Can anyone give a good reason as to why not?

    • Chuck

      That is right… and to expect us not to drive cars and boats without tabs that they refuse to sell to us? I think NOT!

  • Southern MN Mom

    Dear Ronald Raygun-

    Tell me true now- Are you really GOPSUX writing under a new and kinder name? The length of your deep and thoughtful writings remains very similar to GOPSUX.

    Just wondering out loud!

    Southern MN Mom

  • Republicans

    want America to die.

  • Chris

    Most of these entitlement supporters are guilty of “terminal unigueness”…

    Thinking that their situation is so special and cannot fathom being part of the crowd that is no longer catered to!

    They need to do some clear thinking, take charge of their lives, and get their business in order…

  • John


  • Earl Grey for me please

    Not a year in office and Dayton runs our government into the ground. How can we get this guy into the White House and start seeing some real savings?

    • Les Johnson

      And the Republicans drove it into the ground too. The difference is they’re planning for a takeover of the governor’s mansion, not planning for the well-being of the citizens of MN. They don’t even know you’re alive, buddy, nor do they give a rat’s monkey’s patoot if you aren’t.

  • John

    The other day one of the TV channels here showed that we the tax payers are paying $1500 per day for a sick child. Where are his or her parents?

  • jergeez

    People, its RED HERRING at its worse! The GOP are just protecting the RICH.
    And If you believe the GOP you have been hook-winked and bamboozled!
    The people that make more than 250,000 per year need to pay their share of taxes!
    I hope Governor Dayton stands his ground. Power to the Real People!

    • WorkIsA4LetterWord

      Yeah, and how many of you on here don’t pay any taxes or get all of your money back in a refund?

      IF YOU DO NOT PAY TAXES, PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT!!!! You have not earned it.
      If you are capable of commenting on here, you are capable of getting a job.

      • scott

        i agree all the so called unemployment and i ant find help to work for me? something wrong with this picture

    • Chuck

      Quit drinking Dayton’s Kool-Aid and let him pay his fair share first!

      Don’t you understand that you are defending the biggest hypocrite of them all?

      What is wrong with a picture of him having enough personal wealth to easily close our budget “gap”?

      With that said, this is no big deal and a game to him… no skin in the game!

    • Mark "Fail" Dayton

      Governor Dayton did stand his ground…how’s that working for you? We have a government shutdown…rejoice and be happy…stop complaining! Go Power to the Real People!!! People are out of work now due to the government shutdown….Go Power to the Real People! More people are suffering…Go Power to the People! Your Governor has stood his ground….you got what you wanted….Go Power to the Real People!

      Dear governor,
      Thank you for standing your ground and not giving in. Thank you for the government shutdown. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Go Power to us Real People!
      your loyal supporter



    • Les Johnson

      Good humor.

      Totally false, but I got a chuckle out of it anyway.

  • John

    Referring to my own comments above. Like our Michelle B who despises increasing taxes so much, is being paid by the tax payers and her farm has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the tax payers. All politicians are god-damned hypocrites, dirty and greedy. Never believe again that they work for the PEOPLE. Not a tiny bit for the PEOPLE.

    • Chris

      @ John… Give it a rest already… that is the weakest argument yet!

      She is trying to do away with the programs, but until then they have to accept the funds to be competitive with the others…

      When Gov is reduced, they will all be playing by the same rules…

      And stop calling GOP liars, it really takes away from your credibility.

  • onething

    I hope Governor Dayton stands his ground. Power to the Real People!
    We will all survive,
    We are in this position because of the GOP!
    Remember? Three Old GOP retired US Senators got the regulations removed between the the banks,Credit Card Companies and Mortgage Companies and it almost destroyed us! Its time the people with incomes of 250,000 or more pay their fair share! And the GOP stop these freshman RED-HERRING Tactics that confuse the average person! It is done to distract you!

    • DrinkTheCoolAid

      The republicans have started out:
      • Demanding a cut in government
      • then to holding the line
      • to now a 5.6% increase

      Dayton and the Democrats:
      • 15% increase for 6 months now.
      • 15% increase for 6 months now.
      • 15% increase for 6 months now.
      Yeah, its the Republicans who are to blame… Yep you betcha…

  • Alfred

    The Republicans introduced a balanced budget that INCREASED spending.

    Mark Dayton wants to tax the rich and also wants to give hundreds of millions of dollars to billionaire Zygi Wilf. The man is not rational.

    • Dave Campbell

      Alfred, it’s the GOP the is sponsoring the stadium bills! Not the DFL

  • Jerry

    Wake Up Wake Up its The GOP!

    • Dennis from Elk River

      Why the GOP?

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