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Dayton, GOP leaders have deal to end government shutdown
star tribune ^ | 7-14-11 | Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Mike Kaszuba and Eric Roper

Posted on 07/14/2011 3:43:21 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB

Minn. governor, GOP leaders have deal to end government shutdown; needs legislative approval.

Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday morning that he is willing to accept Republicans' June 30 budget offer, which would close a $1.4 billion budget difference by delaying payment of school funds and borrowing against the state's tobacco settlement.

"This is the only viable option that's potentially available," Dayton said.

Dayton said his acceptance was contingent on Republicans' dropping all controversial policy positions as well as the push to cut 15 percent of the state's work force, and the passage of a $500 million bonding bill.

Senate GOP spokesman Michael Brodkorb said Senate Republican leaders were still studying Dayton's offer, and were not ready to comment.

The GOP offer had two primary components. The state would drive down the deficit $700 million by increasing the amount of deferred school payments. It would then borrow from future tobacco settlement payments, which Dayton wrote in a letter Thursday would net $700 million.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: budget; dayton; deal; doom; governor; mn; shutdown; spending; taxes

1 posted on 07/14/2011 3:43:28 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Rush portrayed this as a cave on Dayton’s part, but I think the 15% might have been pretty important.


2 posted on 07/14/2011 3:47:04 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday morning that he is willing to accept Republicans' June 30 budget offer, which would close a $1.4 billion budget difference by delaying payment of school funds and borrowing against the state's tobacco settlement.

It looks like smoke and mirrors to me.

3 posted on 07/14/2011 3:51:11 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: LS

Is Dayton playing the same game as Obama or am I reading too much into this?


4 posted on 07/14/2011 3:51:42 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Moonman62

yep. gimmicks


5 posted on 07/14/2011 3:53:00 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

“future tobacco settlement payments”

There was another state the relied on that and it failed (I fergit which one. CRS disease)


6 posted on 07/14/2011 3:53:09 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: WOBBLY BOB

First, I don’t see that a deal was closed. Second, the deal the governor is offering is junk.


7 posted on 07/14/2011 3:54:29 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Congratulations to the Minnesota State GOP. They managed to slow down the runaway train of state government spending at leadt for now. Hopefully they will be able to tighten things up some more in 2 years when the next budget is enacted.

I think this was a case where the shutdown hurt the people in the Democrat districts there than it did those in the Republican districts. Governor Dayton’s position was only going to get weaker if the shutdown lingered.


8 posted on 07/14/2011 3:58:27 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: Jean S

Sounds familiar. They all are.


9 posted on 07/14/2011 3:59:33 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: AlmaKing
First, I don’t see that a deal was closed. Second, the deal the governor is offering is junk.

Go back and read the article...it was updated at 5:15PM. The GOP has agreed to the proposal.

10 posted on 07/14/2011 4:00:46 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: NRG1973

leadt = least


11 posted on 07/14/2011 4:01:33 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: NRG1973

Anyone want to guess on Dayton’s beer supply????????


12 posted on 07/14/2011 4:08:16 PM PDT by Doc Hunter
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To: Jean S
The Minnesota government has been shut down for two weeks. State parks have been closed. Drivers haven't been able to renew licenses. The standoff continued until it became apparent that Miller-Coors hadn't been able to renew its permit to sell its brands in the state. When Miller threatened to take away the High Life, the crisis was solved within 24 hours.

See the article that started it all. http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/125526248.html

13 posted on 07/14/2011 4:12:47 PM PDT by Qout
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To: WOBBLY BOB
...borrowing against the state's tobacco settlement

Just like lottery money for education and tobacco money for health costs of smoke these are all just excuses for revenue streams to fund statists drive for largesse.

They play a shell game and the only thing that changes is the ever increasing number of shells.

14 posted on 07/14/2011 4:12:57 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

They can’t cut 15%. That’s a lot of union dues that the Democrats need.


15 posted on 07/14/2011 4:17:13 PM PDT by Hamilcar_Barca
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Is it true that the efforts to require I.D. for voting is going to be tossed out of the deal for now?


16 posted on 07/14/2011 4:27:38 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: dynachrome

That would be Arizona’s funding from tobacco sales to low-income health insurance coverage.

http://reason.com/archives/2011/07/06/smoked-out


17 posted on 07/14/2011 4:32:07 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Anybody that links tobacco settlement payments with solving our very real spending issues is smoking dope. That money has been squandered many times over.

I would like to hear the Tooth Fairy’s take on all this. Now that is reality you can count on.


18 posted on 07/14/2011 4:32:28 PM PDT by dools0007world (uestion)
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To: RandallFlagg

Thanks, zombiemaster!


19 posted on 07/14/2011 4:35:12 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I think for every % of private workers that are laid off, an equal % of public workers should be laid off...


20 posted on 07/14/2011 4:47:01 PM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: WOBBLY BOB
The GOP offer had two primary components. The state would drive down the deficit $700 million by increasing the amount of deferred school payments. It would then borrow from future tobacco settlement payments, which Dayton wrote in a letter Thursday would net $700 million.

Senator Amy Koch has told the RedStar on more than one occasion that the deferred school payments were in a Dayton proposal, not the GOPs. The RedStar continually and repeatedly ignores fact here, presumably to set up future diatribes against Republicans as being 'anti-education'.

Stassen-Berger's reporting has been absolutely horrible throughout the budget discussions. Nothing more than a Democrat PR flack.

21 posted on 07/14/2011 4:50:12 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

How do you DELAY payment and then claim it is a cut/savings?

Just kicking the can down the road until next fiscal year?


22 posted on 07/14/2011 4:53:53 PM PDT by hattend (Its a matter of public record that I did not go to Harvard Law School, but I can add. - Sarah Palin)
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To: LS

Agreed. This is nothing.


23 posted on 07/14/2011 5:00:10 PM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: NRG1973

That doesn’t prove that the deal isn’t junk.


24 posted on 07/14/2011 5:03:08 PM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: WOBBLY BOB

fraudulent gimmicks!!

“postponing payments” plus “borrowing”???

That’s not cutting spending, that’s not closing the deficit.... it’s merely smoke & mirrors to kick the problem down the road another year while allowing the fiscal crisis in MN to worsen.


25 posted on 07/14/2011 5:22:47 PM PDT by Enchante (May 1, 2011: Death to Bin Laden, Death to Bin Laden..... al Zawahiri is next!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Let’s see. Deferring payments and borrowing against future revenues. And that represents cutting the budget,how?


26 posted on 07/14/2011 5:23:13 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: LS

In a full 30 seconds of consideration it looks like more of the same and smoke and mirrors to me... push the real problems of over spending out to someone else.


27 posted on 07/14/2011 5:29:14 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday morning that he is willing to accept Republicans' June 30 budget offer, which would close a $1.4 billion budget difference by delaying payment of school funds and borrowing against the state's tobacco settlement.

"This is the only viable option that's potentially available," Dayton said.

Dayton said his acceptance was contingent on Republicans' dropping all controversial policy positions as well as the push to cut 15 percent of the state's work force, and the passage of a $500 million bonding bill.

What a piece of CRAP! If the Minnesota GOP Senate & House goes along with, they will clearly once again deserve their title as the "Stupid Party".

Guv'nor Dayton says he will accept the GOP deal only as long as the GOP.....
1) Drops all policy reforms which are designed to keep the state from ending up in this same predicament down the road
2) Drops the need to reduce 15% of the state's work force and thereby cut gubmint spending
3) And passes a $500 million bonding bill, which is just another form of tax increases.

What a frikkin idiot. In essence Dayton told the MN GOP that he will accept their deal only as long as they gut the provisions to make it work. He didn't accept any deal from the GOP but only by laying out new demands.

I hope the MN GOP will see through this charade and tell the socialist Mark Dayton a resounding NO! The deal needs to remain as originally stated, without ANY new conditions being dictated by the commie pig Dayton.

28 posted on 07/14/2011 5:52:34 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: NRG1973
Go back and read the article...it was updated at 5:15PM. The GOP has agreed to the proposal.

Now they'll be able to get on to the important stuff.... debating building a new stadium for the Vikings.

29 posted on 07/14/2011 6:00:53 PM PDT by Wissa (Gone Galt)
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To: hattend

** Seeds of future problems in Minn. budget deal **

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2748869/posts


30 posted on 07/15/2011 8:54:14 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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