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  • 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.
  • Zellers, Koch: GOP gave up tax cuts, Gov. Dayton should give up tax increase

    06/19/2011 3:46:34 AM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/19/11 | Kurt Zellers and Amy Koch
    During the gubernatorial campaign, Mark Dayton said he would not shut down government. In his State of the State address, Gov. Dayton said: "It should not happen; it need not happen - not as long as we are willing to work together and to compromise our individual views for the common good." We couldn't agree more. As Republican leaders in the Minnesota Legislature, we have no interest in shutting down government. We want to get down to brass tacks and resolve the state's budget before the June 30 deadline. But we are currently the only party to this negotiation. Despite...
  • Joe Soucheray: Soak the rich? That's Dayton's trust fund talking

    06/19/2011 3:40:23 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 06/19/2011 | Joe Soucheray
    Repeated again the other day in a letter to the editor by Ron Schally of Stacy, Minn., was the contention that Gov. Mark Dayton's family trust sits in South Dakota, avoiding much of his " 'tax the wealthy' pitch." I sympathize with Mr. Schally, although I can't quite nail down the location of Dayton's trust, how much it is worth and what exactly it means for the trust to be sitting in South Dakota. I called the guy who does my taxes, but being a smart fellow, he was out enjoying the few days of summer we might get this...
  • What Does Dayton Propose to Cut? Does He Know?

    06/10/2011 6:00:43 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    MN Free Market Institute ^ | 6-10-11 | Kim Crockett
    Here is a very brief and startling exchange between Sen. Mike Parry (R-Waseca) and Minnesota Management & Budget Jim Schowalter. On June 7th, weeks after Dayton vetoed the budget, a frustrated Sen. Parry asked for details of the Governor's planned cuts so the legislature has a place to start negotiations--asking "what are you going to cut?" Commissioner Schowalter reiterated Dayton's plan to "find a way to work meet in the middle" and said that he could not give "details for a proposal that do not exist." Why does this proposal not exist? That is outrageous, odd and irresponsible. Please...
  • Dayton asks commissioners to skip budget panel meeting

    06/04/2011 12:01:36 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 1 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-3-11 | denny lien
    Republican legislative leaders said today they are disappointed that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton pulled two of his key budget commissioners out of a legislative budget session today. Calling the action counterproductive, they said it's important to get a better understanding of what types of budget cuts Dayton wants to prioritize as the two sides try to resolve a projected $5 billion deficit. They also rejected Dayton's recommendation that a professional mediator help them bridge their differences. "We were elected to lead,'' House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said. The Republican response came two hours after Dayton announced he had asked...
  • Survey USA Poll Results: MN Budget Show-down (government shutdown-who's to blame?)

    05/25/2011 5:36:38 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    kstp ^ | 5-24-11 | tim shernow
    a. tax wealthiest b. tax all c. cut spending d. both 'man on the street' video at link
  • Japan Promises to Shut Down Fukushima Reactors By Year's End (promise?)

    05/16/2011 6:55:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    VOA News ^ | 05/16/11 | Steve Herman
    Japan Promises to Shut Down Fukushima Reactors By Year's End Steve Herman | Seoul May 16, 2011 Japan says it will shut down reactors at the Fukushima-1 power plant by the end of the year. The announcement comes despite revelations that a natural disaster in March damaged the nuclear facility worse than earlier believed. Serious troubles continue to beleaguer the operators of the Japanese nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture that was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami. But Prime Minister Naoto Kan told parliament Monday the damaged reactors will be shut down sometime this year. Kan says the timeline...
  • Local concerns could delay nuclear operations throughout Japan(80% of nuke plants to go offline)

    05/12/2011 5:44:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 05/12/11
    Local concerns could delay nuclear operations throughout Japan Municipalities hosting nuclear power plants are now so nervous about potential accidents that 42 of Japan's 54 commercial reactors could be offline during the peak electricity demand period this summer. That situation could lead to power outages spreading throughout Japan. Electric power companies are not legally bound to gain the approval of local communities before resuming reactor operations. However, the companies have signed safety agreements with prefectural and municipal governments that make it difficult to resume operations without their consent. Considering the protracted problems at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power...