Category Archives: Budget
So, Mr. President…. How’s all that hope-y, change-y stuff workin’ out for ya?
Tick, tock…… 2012 is comin’ fast!
For anyone who has ever spent a significant amount of time in Minnesota, the old adage
used to be that Minnesota may technically have four seasons (your standard Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall), but we only recognize two:
Winter and Road Construction.
Now we’ve entered a new era. Minnesota has graduated to having three seasons:
Winter, Road Construction and……….
Despite the standoff between DFL and Republican lawmakers in the state of Minnesota, the longest state government shutdown in US history is drawing to a close. Though not a “done deal” yet, the Republican legislative majorities accepted the concession offer by Governor Mark Dayton. In a letter to Speaker Zellers and Majority Leader Koch, the accepted offer is merely a tweaked version of the Republican’s offer dated June 30, mere hours before the state of Minnesota closed down.
After watching a number of local news broadcasts about the shutdown resolution, the burning question was this: Why did the Governor shut down the state, cause unnecessary stress and pain to Minnesotans (especially those laid off state employees) and then accept (with minor tweaking) an offer that he had previously refused mere hours away from the shutdown deadline? Consensus among DFL legislators tonight—- “We aren’t quite sure…. but I guess Dayton wanted to be the statesman and ‘end the suffering’ before it got worse.”
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Thanks to Davis and Emmer from the morning show at 100.3 KTLK FM News Talk for their latest parody, “Crazy Dayton Eyes.” We’re now well into Day #6 of the Minnesota State Government Shutdown, brought to you by Governor Mark Dayton!
It’s an age old tradition to attend a 4th of July parade. Candy tossed to the crowds and marching bands playing patriotic tunes, local royalty ambassadors and of course, my favorite, the Zurah Shrine riders in their little cars, buzzing around the streets. Another staple though, is the political vibe… candidates and elected officials alike, oftentimes with handing out stickers and parade literature. Read the rest of this entry
Lights out. As the clock struck midnight, the lights literally went out at the Minnesota State Capitol.
July 1, 2011 will forevermore be known as the day Mark Dayton shut down the State of Minnesota. After months of negotiating and the delivery of multiple balanced budgets by the GOP-controlled majorities in the legislature, Governor Mark Dayton dug in his heels and refused to even pass a “Lights On” temporary funding budget so that they could have additional time to work out the details of closing Minnesota’s $5 Billion shortfall. Without what Mark Dayton called “increased revenue” (which is fancy speak for raising taxes and increased fees), he refused to agree to any of the budget offers that came to his desk.
But in typical liberal fashion, it was a “my way or the highway” approach. Even when the MNGOP legislators agreed to many of the governor’s funding requests, he still wasn’t happy. At midnight, the shutdown of state government services became official, even though rest stops and state parks had already been closing. But today, there are over 30,000 state employees that could not return to work. And nobody knows how long it will be before a deal is reached. Read the rest of this entry