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  • Minnesota government shutdown will slowly take toll on state's bottom line (day 8 of doom)

    07/08/2011 5:48:02 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 7-8-11 | Martiga Lohn
    Minnesota stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in the nation's only state government shutdown, as lottery tickets go unpurchased, tax cheats go unpursued and 22,000 laid-off state workers collect unemployment and health benefits. The government interruption also threatens to slow an already sluggish economic recovery as the state employees in limbo and others who lose state-dependent jobs - including construction workers and nonprofit staffers - tighten their spending.
  • MARK DAYTON MAKES DO [designates chef and housekeeper/sever as "essential" govt. employees]

    07/08/2011 4:21:56 AM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | 7/7/11 | Scott Johnson
    We are in day 7 of Minnesota Held Hostage. The shutdown of state government proceeds, with an exemption for staff designated essential. Governor Dayton has laid off about half of his 40-member staff during the shutdown, while he has designated 20 essential and kept them at work. Dayton is of course a (South Dakota) trust fund beneficiary who has never supported himself on a salary in his life, so his idea of “essential” may not be exactly mainstream. MinnPost’s Joe Kimball writes: “On the list of those still working are two staff members, Micah Pace and Michelle Mersereau, who were...
  • Rep. Matt Dean: An open letter to Gov. Mark Dayton

    07/08/2011 3:48:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 7/7/11 | Matt Dean
    Minnesota is beginning its eighth day of a government shutdown. More than 20,000 state employees are out of work, and many more private-sector employees and businesses are beginning to feel the ripple effect of the shutdown. With the July 4th holiday over, more of our citizens will begin to experience the shutdown firsthand as they attempt to interact with the state. So it is with this sense of urgency that I offer these suggestions: 1. Abandon your continued call for tax increases. State revenue will increase $3.1 billion in the next biennium. We can fund the priorities outlined in your...
  • Anti-tax extremism in Minnesota (NY Times editorial double absorbancy barf bag alert)

    07/07/2011 6:16:58 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-6-11 | Slimes editorial
    Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, campaigned for office last year promising to raise taxes on high earners, so it was no surprise when he proposed a tax increase on families making more than $150,000 a year to help close a $5 billion budget gap. In negotiations with the Republican majority in the Legislature, he compromised and reduced the increase to those making $1 million or more, but Republicans are refusing to consider any income tax increase.
  • Laid off state employees rally again at Capitol

    07/07/2011 9:43:29 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 35 replies
    MPLS star & sickle ^ | 7-6-11 | Mike Kaszuba
    For the second time in the past week, hundreds of laid off state workers rallied in the hot sun on the steps of Minnesota’s closed State Capitol to protest the state government shutdown. Wednesday’s rally again took aim at familiar theme: Taxing the state's wealthiest residents to help solve the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. One man held a sign that took his frustration a step further – he had changed it from “Tax the Rich” to “Eat the Rich.”
  • The state shuts down, but for some, business is up

    07/07/2011 9:33:25 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies · 1+ views
    mpls star & sickle ^ | 7-3-11 | PAUL LEVY and JEFF STRICKLER
    When Minnesota state parks and highway rest stops were closed suddenly along with other government services, the neighboring state to the east was the obvious beneficiary as Minnesotans scrambled to alter their holiday weekend plans. Others that stood to benefit included Minnesota's private campgrounds, city and county parks, amusement destinations, museums, and gas stations and fast-food establishments near closed rest stops.
  • Social Services Beg for Money in Minn. Shutdown

    07/06/2011 3:31:44 AM PDT · by Son House · 30 replies
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | Jul 05, 2011 | Post-Bulletin Company
    Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders restarted budget talks Tuesday for the first time since Minnesota's government shut down five days earlier, but with no progress to speak of the focus shifted from the Capitol to a courtroom where recipients of government money pleaded for their services to continue. Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch met for about an hour and said they would resume talks Wednesday. The possibility of a lingering shutdown raised the stakes for dozens of groups who spent Tuesday in a courtroom before a court-appointed special master. In the second...
  • If other governors can be responsible, why can't ours?

    07/05/2011 7:51:07 PM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | July 5, 2011 | ANNETTE MEEKS
    Last Thursday, California's liberal Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a balanced budget that doesn't raise income taxes. Imagine that -- on the same day that Minnesota's governor insisted on implementing a significant income tax increase, California -- a state that faced a budget deficit five times larger than Minnesota's -- did the right thing. It is living within its means. Fact is, we're the only state in the nation without a budget. That is because Gov. Mark Dayton is unable to shake the urge to fall back on the failed tax-and-spend politics of the 1960s. It's hard to imagine...
  • Will Minnesota Meet de Tocqueville?

    07/05/2011 8:14:13 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | 4 July 2011 | Tim Dunkin
    According to some observers, a terrible catastrophe has just struck the state of Minnesota. Due to an impasse on fiscal and taxation questions, the government of that state has been "shut down." On one side of the divide, you have Governor Mark Dayton, a tranquil (and some would say tranquilized) leftist who has been pushing for higher taxes as a way of solving Minnesota's budgetary deficit. On the other side, there is the Republican-controlled legislature that, to its credit, have taken the rare step of actually displaying a backbone by pushing for spending reductions instead and by standing up to...
  • The Folly of Soaking the Rich

    07/04/2011 12:29:47 PM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | July 3, 2011 | Mario Loyola
    The chart Andrew Stiles referred to Friday (from an earlier post by Veronique de Rugy) shows only the start of how counterproductive it is to increase taxes on the wealthy. As a result of lower tax rates on the top income earners, not only do they pay a much larger share of all taxes, but they pay much more taxes total — and revenue to the government has increased. This is because lowering taxes on the rich creates more rich people and richer rich people. The federal government gets much more revenue if you impose a 40 percent tax on...
  • The Moral Stakes of Minnesota's Shutdown

    07/04/2011 7:24:29 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 11 replies
    Fightin Words ^ | July 3, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    Everything happens for a reason. In the wake of Minnesota's state government shutdown, many reasons have been offered to explain the impasse between Governor Dayton and the Republican-led legislature. Most seem to center around the notion of compromise. On Friday's Almanac, DFL party chair Ken Martin sparred with MN-GOP vice chair Michael Brodkorb over which party was to blame. Each accused the other of refusing to compromise. While there is certainly an instructive argument to be had over which side has been more willing to negotiate, it defers the important moral consideration which will inform any deal. Martin evoked that...
  • The Dayton Dustbowl: The “Political Stunt”

    07/04/2011 5:06:28 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Shot in the Dark ^ | 7/3/11 | Mitch Berg
    The Minnesota Legislative GOP, in the waning hours last Thursday before the shutdown, introduced a “lights-on” bill – a bill that would provide a couple of weeks of short-term funding to keep state services going to those who need them, and are genuinely dependent on the state. Governor Dayton dismissed the bill as a “stunt”. Here’s Governor Dayton, not “stunting”: At the Alexandra House, a women’s shelter in Blaine that depends on state money, executive director Connie Moore has begun spending the shelter’s savings to keep the doors open. The desperate move won’t buy much time. “We’re gambling right now,”...

    07/04/2011 4:28:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 3, 2011 | John Hinderaker
    Minnesota’s government shutdown has made national news, in part because it foreshadows, in some respects, the battle that will play out in Washington over the next month on the debt ceiling. What has happened in Minnesota is clearcut: our Republican legislature passed a budget for the next two years, consisting of nine spending bills. Our Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, didn’t think the legislature spent enough money, so he vetoed them. As a result of Dayton’s vetoes, state agencies ran out of funding as of July 1 and, with the exception of certain critical functions, the state’s government shut down. Dayton’s...
  • Taxing 'the rich' isn't enough. We need longer vision [Dayton spending 'unsustainable']

    07/03/2011 3:51:33 AM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    What we have here is a failure to compromise. Much of the state budget could have been passed, but the governor chose not to get those parts of the deal done. At midnight the lights went out unnecessarily on lots of state workers and government functions tied to parts of the budget that could have been passed. At the 11th hour legislators proposed a lights-on measure that would have kept the government running for a few more days. The governor dismissed it as a gimmick. In other words, bring on the pain - an unnecessary infliction of pain. But, as...
  • Minnesota Shutdown Hits Poor; Aid Groups Scramble (Here comes the sob stories and "blame the GOP")

    07/01/2011 3:29:52 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 83 replies
    npr ^ | 7/1/2011 | staff
    In Minnesota Friday, highway construction came to a halt, rest stops and state parks closed. And 22,000 state workers have been laid off. The reason: a protracted budget dispute between the state's Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature. In the absence of talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders, the shutdown was rippling into the lives of people like Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies. Until the government closure, Mills had been focused on recovering from a May 22 tornado that...
  • FREEP this poll: On whom do you place the most blame for the Minnesota state shutdown?

    07/01/2011 6:41:41 AM PDT · by rhema · 31 replies
    Who's to blame? On whom do you place the most blame for the state shutdown? __The GOP __ The DFL and Governor Dayton __All of the above __ I'm not sure
  • Minnesota Government Shuts Down as Budget Talks Fail

    06/30/2011 10:37:49 PM PDT · by matt04 · 109 replies
    Minnesota state government goes into shutdown as budget talks end without deal on $5B deficit. Talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans fell apart well before a midnight deadline. Dayton demanded tax increases on top earners, but the GOP refused.
  • Tom Emmer: Republicans must not back down

    06/28/2011 2:51:57 PM PDT · by rhema · 10 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 6/28/11 | Tom Emmer
    [ . . . ] In last year's campaign, Republican candidates across Minnesota ran on a very clear message: We have too much government; it is time to reduce its size and impact on our daily lives, liberties and economic freedom. We need to shrink the size of the bureaucracies, streamline government regulation and reduce taxes to jump-start our private economy. Mark Dayton campaigned on a different message: We must raise taxes to continue to grow government, and I will tax only the richest Minnesotans. DFL candidates across Minnesota campaigned on the same message: We must raise taxes, but don't...
  • Keith Downey: Taking issue with the archbishop - don't confuse higher spending with moral good

    06/26/2011 3:24:31 PM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/25/11 | Keith Downey
    Catholic Archbishop Nienstedt recently asserted in a letter to state officials that the state budget is a moral document and higher state spending is a moral good. At a time when society needs the Church's teaching more than ever, unfortunately in this case the Archbishop's reasoning creates more confusion than clarity and sheds more heat than light. Many of us who share the Archbishop's faith-based heart for the poor disagree with his conclusion that more state spending is the answer. In secular terms we would call it a confusion of means versus ends. In Catholic terms it is a confusion...
  • Minnesota Cage Match, Cont'd

    06/24/2011 5:46:40 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    True North ^ | 6-23-11 | scott johnson
    Those trying to understand the issues involved might find the following summary offered by a friend to be of use. The total budget proposed by the legislature for the next biennium is approximately $34.2 billion. This is up from $32.3 billion currently spent. $34.2 billion is the amount generated by the current tax system based on forecasted economic growth, plus money carried over from the biennium that ends June 30. The Republican budget thus lives within our means. It requires no new money even though it is able to spend 6 percent more than before.