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  1. Swamp Fox says:

    The Governor is doing what he has to do to get this running again. If the Republicans don’t get on the recovery bandwagon all Hades is going to break loose on Minnesota economics. Governor Dayton is acting like a governor by compromising to get the state rolling again.

    For the time being a state budget default is being avoided but the GOP and others have to realize next regular session budget problems will again exist. Fiscal balance will have to be instituted for the “long” term. Something the MN GOP doesn’t want to face.

    So let’s stop the political posturing and blustering and get Minnesota back on the economic track to recovery. The time is Now!!

  2. Elizabeth Young says:

    Why is it so hard to pay more in taxes now ?? If it really is less than 8000 citizens who would have their taxes raised wouldn’t it be better to help the State out now and they could I’m sure make some type of recoupment on their investment within a couple of years. It is so unfair for the citizens to even have to be stressed by the decisions of people who have and make more than 70% of our people, Minnesota first, This is a great state… Keep it this way.

  3. Mike says:

    THe problem is not taxes it is spending. All the DAMN special interests. Get rid of that and you have the problem solved. WE DON”T NEEED TO TAX ANYONE ELSE MORE>

    Do your DAMn Job Gov. and sign the bill. AS to the first guys comment Hades has broken loose already because of all the DAMN spending.

    FIGURE IT out you can’t spend more than you have. Noone OR no ENTITY can. Pull the plug on the Programs and everyone figure out how to make it on your own 2 feet. not the backs of everyone else.

    1. Swamp Fox says:

      Hades has not yet sprung open fully yet!!! Just wait if this shutdown proceeds further and the state goes into economic default! It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to figure out what will eventually happen to Minnesota.

      We are losing millions of dollars daily to inept legislators who can’t see past their twisted noses when it comes to compromise and governing Minnesota. Minnesota’s Legislature over the past few years [excluding the Pawlenty years] had a habit of squabbling over the budget until session’s end until agreements were reached. It wasn’t always pretty but Democrats and Republicans alike agreed on a budget then shook hands and went home.

      Ex-Governor Pawlenty and the upcoming GOP factions disrupted the MN way of legislating budget bills. When you don’t try to budget or think for the long economic health term, based on the present economic conditions and past historical experiences, state government is left in a tight short monetary bind.

      You can shift slashed funding around at the expense of mortgaging various parts of state government or departments. Unless you have a steady revenue stream base along with responsible across-the-board equitable budget pairings[cuts] you have the makings of a state economic disaster.

      Former governors like Quie and Carlson had recessions on their watch but by the end of their terms they had surpluses resulting from their stewardship of the state budget. Governor Pawlenty had every opportunity to correct the state budget during his tenure but his personal ideologically way of doing so left the state on the tracks to derailment! “Slash, cut, and juggle” with no reformed taxes but ‘fees’ philosophy was not the MN textbook way to oversee the budget. Now we all are suffering from his fiscal policies and governing methodology.

      Mike, old uncoothe naysayer, you may be mad as H— but look at what you just said. Being so blindingly angry at the Governor for trying to do his job is not accomplishing anything. Neither is spewing forth ignorant unworkable diatribes that only make folks angrier at each other and government. If you have a better concrete and factual way to suggest ending this budget crises let’s hear it!

      I respect your feelings for the state’s problems but misplaced anger only makes the situation seem worse for the majority of us who are trying to make sense of it all.

  4. Kent says:

    Let us all please remember what is happening right now for future elections.
    They all must go. Time to clean House..( and Senate! ).

  5. wolfie says:

    ummmm….the only thing Gov. Dayton’s proposal does is remove the ‘cone of silence’….negotiations are now public and in the media again…

    …if you want me to grade his proposal, I give it a 66%…strip out the social agenda language is good…getting rid of the union issue is good…but asking for the bonding is no different then Pawlenty did…it kicks the financial woes can down the road a bit…a typical political trick…

  6. Dan says:

    Does the shutdown mean no new hiring – a standstill on job opportunities for Minnesotans, because no background checks can be made on prospective employees? I know people stuck in the middle of this one and I bet many others are as well. Frustrating… Maybe it’s time 10,000 of us head to the capital steps if they haven’t heard us yet. My guess is they have heard us, they just aren’t LISTENING yet.

  7. Charlie Blommer says:

    I am getting sick and tired of poeple throwing numbers around like they know what the hell they are talking about. I would venture to guess most people that say “they are only 1.5B apart, what’s the big deal” couldn’t even tell you how many zeros are in a billion.
    A billion dollars is: $1,000,000,000.00. A trillion is a thousand billion.
    The House and Senate offered a budget in January that spent all the money, plus roughly 6%, that the state will take in over the next two years. Dayton’s response was he needed an additional $2,900,000,000.00. Mainly for the increase in social services.
    Minnesota has a national rep as a welfare state. Don’t kid yourself, people don’t move to Minnesota for our MN Nice, and it’s certainly not our weather.

  8. Earth Quaker says:

    So when you look at what each side was able to hang on to, Governor Dayton fought to hang on to state jobs and to add infrastructure projects to employ even more people, while Republicans fought for maintaining lower tax rates for the wealthy and cutting social programs. Democrats want to invest in government jobs directly and Republicans want to give the rich financial advantages in hopes that they will create jobs. The problem is that trickle down economics hasn’t worked in the past because when tax rates are lower businesses keep the profits and when tax rates are higher businesses invest in themselves (jobs) to use the tax deduction. Lower tax rates for the wealthy encourages less business investment and fewer jobs.

  9. Denise Gerdes says:

    Did anyone hear Governor Carlson on WCCO radio today? Who was he talking about that no one knows much about? I didn’t write it down, as I was in the car

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