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Fight is on as Minn. Gov. Dayton vetoes GOP spending cuts
Star Tribune ^ | February 11, 2011 - 7:28 AM | By MIKE KASZUBA and RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER

Posted on 02/11/2011 7:00:06 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin

The tenuous political harmony between Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature disintegrated Thursday when the DFL governor vetoed $901 million in proposed budget cuts aimed at paring the state's $6.2 billion deficit. Republicans had wanted to push the partial deficit solution ahead of Dayton's first budget presentation Tuesday, arguing that the state's fiscal crisis needs quick action.

Dayton, however, said the proposal was too hasty, had major problems and would effectively give Minnesotans a $428 million property tax increase over the next two years. He said a rush to adopt the cuts -- DFLers complained many provisions did not have hearings -- had led to a plan with "inaccurate and undocumented assumptions" and amounted to "misguided priorities."

In vetoing the plan just three hours after the Legislature passed it, Dayton attempted to wrestle back the budget spotlight from the Republicans, who had spent much of the session's first month saying that budget cuts and not tax increases were the best financial approach to reducing the shortfall.

"There is nothing to be gained, and much to be lost, by addressing, in this disjointed manner, the projected budget deficit," Dayton said in his veto message. The comment echoed his ongoing complaint that Republicans were rushing a "piecemeal approach" to solving the deficit into law.

Republicans said the veto signaled that the gloves had come off.

"Game on. Here we go," said Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, the Senate's deputy majority leader. "We're going to have a clash. And that's OK.

"We do not support more taxes. We do not support more spending," he added.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: dayton; impeach; markdayton; minnesota; removehimfromoffice; spendingcuts; veto
Minnesota Governor fights for pork, payoffs.
1 posted on 02/11/2011 7:00:11 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Gov Crazy Eyes ran his campaign on more taxes and more spending on education and the idiots here elected him!


2 posted on 02/11/2011 7:03:48 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Monthly Donors Welcome.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Republicans should make it clear that each new budget will have twice the cuts of the previous one. And that that policy will never be negotiable, and the Governor either signs a budget or there won’t be one at all.


3 posted on 02/11/2011 7:06:31 PM PST by sourcery (If true=false, then there would be no constraints on what is possible. Hence, the world exists.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The next budget the legislature sends the governor should be 10% less. And if he vetoes that, cut another 10%.


4 posted on 02/11/2011 7:09:03 PM PST by reg45
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Nothing a state government shutdown won’t fix.


5 posted on 02/11/2011 7:09:55 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: sourcery
Ok guv, you win. You have no spending authority whatsover. Your move.

But I suppose an activist judge will take it upon himself to legislate a budget from the bench.

6 posted on 02/11/2011 7:10:24 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson
Ok guv, you win. You have no spending authority whatsover. Your move.

Love it. Wish more legislators thought like you. It is time to remind the executive branch that their core duty is implementation. Policy is the duty of the legislature which is most directly accountable to their constituents.

But I suppose an activist judge will take it upon himself to legislate a budget from the bench.

In most states, the judiciary is limited in their involvement in state budgetary matters. One area they typically do have some power is their opinion of their own funding. Basically to make sure the the third branch wasn't defunded to irrelevance. Keep their budget status quo or throw them a 2 percent increase to take them out of the equation. They typically are not a big budget hitter anyway and there are much bigger fish to fry.

Actually happy to see that these fights are starting to happen...

7 posted on 02/11/2011 7:31:27 PM PST by !1776!
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To: !1776!

Time to fire up the Tea Parties and get on his a** ASAP. That is our job. Keep the home fires burning.


8 posted on 02/11/2011 8:59:20 PM PST by WVNan
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks DeaconBenjamin.


9 posted on 02/12/2011 3:23:05 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Minnesota--Land of ten thousand frost bitten brains.
10 posted on 02/12/2011 7:30:18 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I wonder if a recall election could be organized.


11 posted on 02/12/2011 7:33:09 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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