ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have required state agencies to plan for the possibility that the federal government would not be able to meet its financial obligations.

Dayton vetoed the bill Thursday. He writes in a veto letter that it would force state workers to spend “hundreds of hours each year” on an assignment he says is “of dubious value.”

Dayton says he believes the federal budget deficit should be a source of concern, but writes that he believes the bill perpetuated a Republican strategy of undermining confidence in the government. He says the state would be better-served if its financial experts focus on efficiency of state services.

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Comments (18)
  1. jake koepp says:

    Impeach this idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kevin says:

    Oh he means well……no really……no I am serious……Hey stop laughing…….

  3. Honestly says:

    Republicans don’t really care about the budget or jobs. They just like bigger government and more and more laws.

    1. Paul Solinger says:

      Well, thankfully the Republican party has you as their spokesperson. Very eloquently put.

    2. Pat says:


      What made you come to such are ridiculously incorrect conclusion?

  4. Brett says:

    Well, of course the “governor of NO” would veto such common sense legislation. What else did you expect?

    1. Paul Solinger says:

      Actually, read Dayton’s letter again. It sounds to me like he is the one employing common sense. We’re gonna spend money preparing for something that may never happen? Thanks legislature for wasting our time.

      1. Rudy says:

        Oh, it’s gonna happen. But, it’s always best to stick your head in the sand and hope for the best even when the facts state the obvious.

    2. Sam says:

      Explain how the bill is common sense, please?
      Budget cuts are reducing the government workforce. This is something the Republicans want. I’m not debating whether or not it’s a good thing, just stating that it’s happening.
      Now, the Republicans want this reduced workforce to pick up a whole bunch of new tasks based on what is currently just a guess. That means a whole bunch of overtime, or delays in other projects, like completing business licenses and that sort of thing.
      That’s not common sense. It’s poor management.

      1. Rudy says:

        I wouldn’t say that. This is a vote (or a bill) of no-confidence in our Federal level representatives to get anything done. No matter what is brought to the table, whether it be Simpson Bowles or the super committee or the Fed and their printing press of never ending dollars. This is a bill that states…sheeeeite is going to hit the fan sooner or later, shall we prepare for it or just let the chips fall? All it will take is for each Department head to set up a committee and calculate their Federal “welfare” income and what they will do if it comes to a point that the check is NOT in the mail. Why is this such a bad thing? The alternative is to keep printing funny money and allow for even more extra time. It’s been 20 plus years of allowing for extra time. Our current members of congress are the epitome of lame ducks.

  5. Exp says:

    Wow, nice to see such… intelligent… answers from those claiming to be opposing Dayton. Sure does put a lot of credence to the Republican stance. That would be sarcasm by the way. In reality they are their own worst enemies.

    If this bill had been presented to a republican governor by a democratic congress, the republicans would have a screaming fit about all the government waste that the democrats are trying to pile on and how they’re trying to drum up work for the unions, blah blah blah. Now that the Democratic governor is trying to cut waste, you lambast him for something your party WANTS to do?

    Methinks you’re looking for political fodder where there is none.

    1. John says:

      Very well said. Intelligence is still alive. Thank you for your comment.

    2. orrest says:

      Glad to see you coul not say that anything you posted was intelligent.

  6. Bill says:

    “… a Republican strategy of undermining confidence in the government. ”

    Why should anyone have confidence in the government? They are a bunch of morons and greedy thieves.

    They even passed a trillion dollar Obama-Care bill that is completely unconstitutional….to the point that the Supreme Court judges LAUGHED at it!

    1. Best3800 says:

      Say Bill, are these the same supreme judges that said corporations are people.These 5 extreme conservative judges will go down as the worst in our history right up there with GWB as worst Pres. Ever

  7. John says:

    Thank God the majority of the people voted for this Governor. Why does every post include something about the health care that has nothing to do about this subject. I remember when President Clinton wanted employers to fund his health care bill.
    ALL of the leading repubs said we need the individual to fund the bill. Hello. If the health care bill is overturned how is Romney going to take advantage of that. I ask Repubs to come up with an alternative. Oh wait, they dont have one. FOUR MORE YEARS FOUR MORE YEARS

  8. politicianSUX says:

    Being an independent that tends to vote republican, I can say thank you Governor Dayton. I think this is the first intelligent thing you have done since you became a public figure. Hey republican legislature, knock this grand standing off and try to solve a problem or two before you call for a special session and more per diem. Governor, now that you appear to be out of your alcohol induced stupor, call these idiots into yoru office and start to fix problems now, instead of waiting until the 9th hour of the session.

  9. pat says:

    When the fed’s can’t pass a budget for three years, I think this is a very prudent thing to do. And don’t give me that divisive argument, the Dem’s contolled everything the first year.

    If you worked for a company that kept going in the hole, you would be polishing your resume….

    Think about it.

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