ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a Republican-crafted bill that would have repaid state IOUs to Minnesota public schools more quickly.

Dayton said on Thursday that the method of payment would have left the state in a precarious financial position. Republicans drew on newly replenished state budget reserves as their payment source.

The state owes schools more than $2 billion because it slowed down aid to them while dealing with a state-level budget crisis.

They are in line for $315 million in repayment this year because of a rosy economic forecast, but Republicans would have put another $430 million on top of that.

Dayton had threatened a veto. He says the bill would create a bigger budget problem down the road, including a likelihood of the state borrowing from banks.

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Comments (32)
  1. Citizen says:

    Thank you Govenor Dayton for putting a higher priority on Ziggy and the Viking than our childern. You’re doing a wonderful job. NOT!

    1. Citizen says:

      You are not the “real” Citizen.

  2. William Tell says:

    What a blathering fool this man is.

    That’s what the education special interest groups and teacher’s unions get for supporting such a moron.

    1. Brian says:

      Yeah I was thinking the same thing. I thought Dayton supported public schools and what-not. This makes no sense.

      1. Tom says:

        @ Brian

        This does make sense. The conservatives complain about borrowing money, but when they need to do for something then they have no problem with it.

  3. John says:

    Typical reaction from Rightwing, can’t get yout way, so you stomp your feet and call people names. Great way to debate. NOT!

    1. Um.... says:

      I know, right? Just like they did with the Occupy protests and the Wisconsin union law and the voter ID amendment….oh wait, did you say rightwing?
      Get a clue John, the name calling and foot stomping knows no party lines. So you’re protrayal of the rightwingers as the only group to act this way is less than intelligent.

  4. Wake Up says:

    And the Dems wonder why the GOP puts up Constitutional Amendments.

    1. Paul says:

      The GOP puts up constitutional amendments to get out of doing their job.

  5. Paul says:

    You guys paying attention? He vetoed the bill because it was spending money that we might need down the road. That’s like saying, “I just got put $2000 in my savings account. I think I’ll by a new $2000 flat screen.”

    It was wise and prudent of the Governor to veto it and irresponsible for the legislature to pass it.

    1. Ted says:

      Are you paying attention because this is nothing like your example. This is more like saying ” We borrowed $2000 from this guy and now that we have $4000 let’s pay him back early instead of letting him suffer without his money longer just because we can”

      It was ignorant and selfish of the Governor to veto it but what do you expect when talking about the least effective Governor in Minnesota history.

      1. Death says:

        Tpaw is no longer Gov, you R mistaken

      2. Gunnar says:

        It is more like we owe 4000, we have 2000 unless we lose income. Who do we not pay because we have many obligations.

  6. Brett says:

    The governor or “no”, right on cue….

  7. Rocketman says:

    Where exactly was that silver spoon when Dayton was born?

  8. Brett says:

    So, exactly, how does this help our kids and our schools, based on this VETO??

    1. Death says:

      It was a stunt by the GOP to try to look good. The schools R getting paid back right on schedule. The Gov did the right thing. Having the states credit damaged would have even more budget reprocusions. The GOP is full of losers!

      1. Zeke says:

        Dayton wants to give the education money to Piggy Wilf.

  9. StanleyPeterson says:

    First call the the Govenor his proper party DFL (Dupes For Labor) . These people consist of the rich elites, labor bosses and the have lived without a founded education. The latter are people that want to be consumed by promises of a better life through Socialism. However, if properly educated and experiences in the path of life? They realize this is only a road filled with disappointments. It’s like having a carrot placed in front of you and only temporarily obtainable. Alway’s chasing a dream. Later you find out nothing in life is Free. Someone alway’s has to pay for it. Therefor the best thing in life is to follow the teaching of “Jesus Christ” ! …..That is one heck of lot better than the jerks in our political process and those leading out county in Washington D.C. of both political parties!………………..Ufta!

    1. Glen says:

      Did Jesus demean people like you did with your post?

      1. MN Atheist says:


        Jesus was a socialist

    2. MN Atheist says:

      Jesus was a socialist

  10. Brett says:

    The governor of NO strikes again!!

    1. Tom says:

      @ Brett

      That was actually the last Gov we had Gov T-Paw!

  11. John H says:

    The Governor vetoed this because why should we use a few dollars we have in the short term and not tax the rich in the long term. It is pretty easy to figure out. I didnt realize so many of you had houses on Tonka Bay and couldnt afford a few more dollars in taxes. I have a basic house and my taxes went up 22%. Think about it. I am so glad we have a Governor that we have. Can you imagine if we had Emmer as Governor? Think about it.

  12. Citizen says:

    /@John H. Remember that when we, the middle class, are taxed out of our homes, we own plenty of public buildings that we can live in: like the White House, the Supreme Court building, the state capitols. Or as we said in 1975, visit San Clemente, you paid for it! (BTW, for those of you gen xers, Sam Clemente was Nixon’s “western white house.”)

  13. KEVIN says:

    Spend more money then the state has. When the money is there don’t pay down your debt. Am I missing something here?

  14. jr says:

    It is not that hard to understand. I can see wanting to pay it down and I would care if they did. I look at this way. So you had a good year at work after a bunch of years of struggle sothe boss gives you a bounus. Are you going to take that bounus and just send it to your bank and pay your mortgage down or are you going to put it in the bank and save in case some thing goes bad again and you need some saving to pay say fix your car, some medical bills or whatever. Seems pretty smart to have a rainy day fund just incase. We are still on the brink of a recession and if gas prices go above 4.00/gallon we will be there again. People will not travel at that expense. I know I won’t.

    1. Kevin says:

      Yes, you are. Thanks for pointing that out.

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