ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Ramsey County judge overseeing state spending in the government shutdown has ordered continued funding for several Minnesota Historical Society operations and continued pension payments for former state executive officers but denied a request to fund insurance investigators at the Department of Commerce.

Judge Kathleen Gearin’s Friday order confirms several recommendations from the special master who’s been hearing shutdown appeals.

Gearin says the Historical Society should get continued funding for property protection, enterprise technology protection and animal care at its Oliver Kelley Farm historical site. She also says 14 former constitutional officers including several former governors should keep getting retirement benefits. That costs about $37,000 a month.

But Gearin followed a recommendation by special master Kathleen Blatz that seven insurance-fraud investigators should not be classified as critical.

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Comments (26)
  1. Looking for Leaders says:

    And still…

    United States just like the state of Minnesota is a place where you choose to live and just like a hotel if you choose to stay you have to pay. Nobody is stealing/coercing or otherwise forcing you to pay or forcing you to stay, but if you choose to stay you have to pay. If you have no money you stay in the utility room with just enough to survive. If you have a little money you get the bare minimum room and pay accordingly. If you have a lot of money you get a suite with all the amenities but again you pay accordingly!!

    Bring back rational tax rates of the 1950 and 1960, so the next time we have a recession we can cut taxes in a meaningful way.
    Let start negotiating at the 94% tax rate, like it was and negotiate down from there.

    google “Historical Top Tax rate”

    1. Looking for Leaders says:

      @Shut up clearly you base your arguments on name calling and stereotypes, how can anyone disagree with you.

      1. Looking for Leaders says:

        @Shut it under Dayton’s original proposal my taxes would have went up 2-3%, I expect my income to go up 10-20% over the next 2-3 years, I have no problem making more money. Can’t you? Or are you the lazy one?

      2. Todd Gabrielson says:

        I challenge anyone who writes these inflammatory anti government opinions to do so using their real names. Using your pseudo names makes it easy to slander people and programs because you know it is impossible for people to know just who you are. It is obvious that you do not know the nature of the work Government employees contribute to this state. You also do not know about the heroes in Government who have successfully helped the down and out and helped to return to society as productive employees. Rather than listen to talk radio I urge you to get out and volunteer at a homeless shelter and listen to the stories of those that have lost their jobs and their homes. In every case it was a series of bad breaks that brought them to the brink of homelessness. Government does a good job. don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Joblessness and homelessness can happen to anybody.

        1. mj says:

          Not in every case. Not buying it.

    2. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

      You sir or mam are crazy.

      1. Looking for Leaders says:

        @Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste another eloquent argument
        I understand your desire to make Minnesota less than it it, but I would actually like to see us be better.
        – Better schools
        – Better roads and bridges
        – Better hospitals
        – Better parks and trails
        In your drive for the bottom, leave the stae of MN out of it.

        1. Rico Suave says:

          This is why you shouldn’t drink the bong water. First off, we keep spending more money on schools, roads, healthcare, entitlements, and without exception all of those things have gotten worse. If things getting better is the criteria for spending more money, then based on the results, maybe we should we should spend less. Look how great the black community is doing as a result of The Great Society spending programs starting in the sixties. Your liberal spending has failed us all miserably. Liberalism is the supreme example of the cure being worse than the disease. You guys create the trouble, then tell us you’re the only ones smart enough to fix it. Joe Biden, that tower of intellect, said the stimulus would cause 500,000 jobs to be created per month. Last month the number was 18,000. That’s just slightly short of the promise. I know we can’t change your mind, so we’ll just have to ignore you and fix this stuff, the way it makes sense to the sane people.

          1. Looking for Leaders says:

            @Rico Suave I agree the stimulus wasn’t nearly large enough, the republicans fought even that drop tooth and nail. Unfortunately we are not in a position to use Reagonomics because we haven’t raised taxes high enough to actually create true stimulus through a 25-50% tax cut (it would nice but we can’t)

            If you actually left off the stereotyping and name calling you might be as suave as your name implies.

            1. Rico Suave says:

              BTW, great rationale: We used to tax people 94% in the fifties, therefore it’s a great idea. We used to do a lot of things in the fifties. Like prohibit blacks and whites from using the same drinking fountains. Sorry but just because we used to do something doesn’t make it smart or fair. It might even be stupid.

              1. Looking for Leaders says:

                @Rico Suave you need to read the info before you can respond, we didn’t tax people 94% in the 50s and I didn’t state that we should do it because we did it in the 50s

                please read, even less suave….

      2. Todd Gabrielson says:

        Mark, please identify your self by your real name. Stop hiding behind your pseudo name. Your opinions do not matter if you refuse to identify yourself.

    3. your a fool says:

      You should research a little farther back on the tax rates! There was a time in our history that there was zero “income tax”

      1. Looking for Leaders says:

        @your a fool – you are correct there was a time like that and if we hadn’t outsourced most of our means of production overseas we could still live in that time.

        But corporate greed and the sheer need to compete with those that outsourced it first, has us in a world where the old method of taxation through “Duties, Imposts and Excises” just won’t get us anywhere…

        1. legal immigrant says:

          I think as long as people enjoy the low prices of cheap labor elsewhere, we can’t really complain that our economy turned to s..t. Nobody is forced to buy from walmart, but we all enjoy getting a cheap rubber duckie, don’t we?…

  2. Alden says:

    Why even have a shutdown if someone still benefits from it? Either shut it down all the way or pass a budget that eliminates unnecessary items. That’s pretty much what the judge is doing – passing our budget since our legislative branch can’t…

    1. Recall says:

      If this just keeps going the way it’s going (judge just re-opens services one-by-one), we will all see just how horribly this legislative body is needed. Ha! So far, we NEED certain essential services and the agencies that oversee them, a judge, and a tax revenue collecting agency to hold it all together and remit payments. I posted yesterday–the little loophole in our constitution that could get the hunting/fishing privileges back. I’m pretty sure that all you need is a request, the MN constitution in hand and a little legal loophole finding ability, and a judge. Sure enough, that service will be re-opened for all in no time. We don’t need no stinkin’ legislature. Okay, this was sarcasm. Nobody need freak.

  3. Getting stranger and the time goes on says:

    So former governers get a retirement check and the people that are layed off don’t get paid.????????? Dayton gets to keep his cook and housekeeper, funny what is important or essential and what is not…….

  4. betty says:

    Dayton kept his cook out of his own pocket. He should be able to spend his own money on whatever he would like.

    1. SM says:

      sure, but he is one of the rich 2% that has a cook and does not pay his fair share. He should be giving that money back to the greater MN.

      1. Looking for Leaders says:

        @Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste what’s next, label them further by calling them socialist or communist, do you work for the Koch brothers?

        I can just picture the republican legislature acting this same way, I can’t imagine why there isn’t a deal in place!

  5. essential? says:

    It is now clear to me that the word ESSENTIAL has lost its meaning in today’s society because a lot of people look at the nanny state to address their needs. May I be wrong.. but tough times are coming and we will all have to relearn what essential to survival really means…

  6. ME says:

    American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
    Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America

    AAJ’s Report

    The Koch Brothers, big tobacco, insurance companies, and the drug industry: all behind the shadowy corporate front group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). On the surface, ALEC is mostly comprised of thousands of state legislators, each paying a nominal fee to attend ALEC retreats and receive model legislation. In reality, corporations pay ALEC a king’s ransom to access legislators to distribute radical legislation that puts corporate interests over American workers and consumers.

    So, while the membership appears to be public sector, corporate money dominates ALEC. In fact, public sector membership dues account for only around one percent of ALEC’s annual revenues. ALEC claims to be nonpartisan, but its pro-corporate, anti-consumer mission is clear.

    Read about ALEC’s hand in protecting oil companies, chemical manufacturers and Wall Street banks in AAJ’s report here:

    ALEC: Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America >>

    AAJ Release: Report Lifts Veil on ALEC’s Pro-Corporate, Anti-Consumer Mission >>


    Executive Summary:

    Few have ever heard of it, but the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is the ultimate smoke filled back room.

    On the surface, ALEC’s membership is mostly comprised of thousands of state legislators. Each pays a nominal membership fee in order to attend ALEC retreats and receive model legislation. ALEC’s corporate contributors, on the other hand, pay a king’s ransom to gain access to legislators and distribute their corporate-crafted legislation.

    So, while the membership appears to be public sector, the bankroll is almost entirely private sector. In fact, public sector membership dues account for only around one percent of ALEC’s annual revenues. ALEC claims to be nonpartisan, but in fact its free-market, pro-business mission is clear.

    The result has been a consistent pipeline of special interest legislation being funneled into state capitols. Thanks to ALEC, 826 bills were introduced in the states in 2009 and 115 were enacted into law.

    Behind the scenes at ALEC, the nuts and bolts of lobbying and crafting legislation is done by large corporate defense firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon. A law firm with strong ties to the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, it has long used ALEC’s ability to get a wide swath of state laws enacted to further the interests of its corporate clients.

    ALEC’s campaigns and model legislation have run the gamut of issues, but all have either protected or promoted a corporate revenue stream, often at the expense of consumers. For example, ALEC has worked on behalf of:

    •Oil companies to undermine climate change proponents;
    •Pharmaceutical manufacturers, arguing that states should be banned from importing prescription drugs;
    •Telecom firms to block local authorities from offering cheap or free municipally-owned broadband;
    •Insurance companies to prevent state insurance commissioners from requiring insurers to meet strengthened accounting and auditing rules;
    •Big banks, recommending that seniors be forced to give up their homes via reverse mortgages in order to receive Medicaid;
    •The asbestos industry, trying to shut the courthouse door to Americans suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases; and,
    •Enron to deregulate the utility industries, which eventually caused the U.S. to lose what the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) estimated as $5 trillion in market value.
    AAJ News
    We need to get rid of all these morons Koch and Zellars and the rest of the GOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Laid of State Worker says:

    When you shut the state down, shut it all down! Don’t be making exceptions for this and that. I am a state employee who has been laid off and the customers I work are just as important as anyone else!

    1. Guy says:

      Shut the WHOLE thing down. “Layoff” the welfare deadbeats.

  8. la de da says:

    How about they fire back up the Minnesota Work Force Center website. The servers still draw the same power they did when they had jobs listed and not some 5 line txt site.

    I would like to get a good job.

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