Skip to comments.If other governors can be responsible, why can't ours?
Posted on 07/05/2011 7:51:07 PM PDT by rhema
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 how we got to this embarrassing budget impasse. It didn't have to happen.
Our Legislature passed a $34 billion budget for the next two years that increased general-fund spending by 6 percent while erasing the $5 billion budget deficit. These budget bills, some of which received bipartisan support, were sent to Dayton for his consideration -- in May.
Forty days have passed since legislative leaders and the governor began their budget negotiations. Yet it wasn't until this cynical and political government shutdown began that we learned that the hitch was Dayton and his insistence on raising income taxes on Minnesota's high-income earners.
Minnesota is once again an outlier because one elected official demands that we return to the tax-and-spend policies that got us in this mess -- and that have been proven over time to have a devastating effect on jobs and economic growth.
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Err, you mean by common consent lied about the massive imbalance in the budget, and massive raises in taxes? Because California most certainly didn’t pass a balanced budget, nor did it lack huge tax increases, which will spawn even more tax increase as quite a bit was stolen from cities and counties which will raise taxes themselves to cover the loss.
Dayton is a national embarrassment. The “43.5-percent-solution.”
And now Walter Mondale and Arne Carlson are jumping in. Carlson doubled state spending and Mondale is so popular he’s the only man ever to lose a federal election in all 50 states. Like they have the answers.
"Everyone's cutting ... [T]hat's a given," said an expert at the Council of State Governments. As of today, only three states have taken the self-defeating route of raising income taxes.
This reporter is very confused, especially about the California budget. But it sounds as if Mark Dayton may have put himself out on a political limb. I hope so.
"Dayton's family wouldn't even let him into the business since they knew what a loser he was.
"As a Senator, Time Magazine called him "the worst". As State Auditor, he could not even be remembered by his employees.
"As a candidate for Governor, the DFL party would not let him into their convention. The DFL locked him out!
"So, now in 2011 he is fighting for his political life. Good.
"He will show us that he is strong, and not able to be pushed around by some citizens or legislators. Good again.
"The State will be shut down for months on end. GREAT! The citizens will see that we have 30% too many employees and will press for Conservative solutions that actually save all of us money."
Appears that the author is a heavy drinker/druggie and has a tough time interfacing with reality!
Annette Meeks isn’t a reporter. She’s a blogger. There’s no way the Minneapolis RedStar Tribune would allow a conservative into their newsroom.
Maybe MN will luck out and he will quit. Dayton likes quitting... and hiding under his desk.
Actually, Brown did the only thing he could do. He needed a 2/3 vote to raise taxes and didn’t have it.
He could run to Illinois, there's plenty of rooms there now that the Wisconsin Democrats have slithered back to their state
He’s already under his desk. This shut down is not working out as planed.
Jerry Brown signed into law a balanced budget that doesn’t raise income taxes.
However he added a $12.00 increase on license fees.Remember if you can’t increase taxes call it a fee.
Democrat hand book page five.
Sorry Connecticut does not have one either. The Budget was supposed to be passed with 1.6 billion in new taxes and 2 billon in Union Give Backs. Well the unions voted down the Give Backs and we the tax payers still got the 1.6 billion in tax increases,so we dont have a Budget but we do have the taxes,and the Unions are now trying to save themselves from 6500 layoffs now that the Democratic Gov.Malloy feels Betrayed by his union allies. Fact is the unions were going to keep their overtime padded Pensions ,Guarantees against Layoffs,get raises while unemployment in this Liberal left wing Paradise where unemployment is 9.1 percent. The majority of members voted for the pact but two unions voted it down so it failed,they claim it was because they did not want to get funneled into Obamacare health Care centers
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