Bipartisan tune hits a flat note at M...

Bipartisan tune hits a flat note at Minnesota Capitol

There are 9 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 7, 2011, titled Bipartisan tune hits a flat note at Minnesota Capitol. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

That bipartisan music coming from the Minnesota state Capitol just hit a couple of flat notes.

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My Two Cents

Farmington, MN

#1 Feb 8, 2011
I like the new approach...As the saying goes "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten"....And that's just not good enough anymore.
Beaver Cleaver

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Feb 8, 2011
good.
Fox In Hen House

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 8, 2011
This money has been used for Nothing but backfilling the budgets of DNR, PCA and the Regional Arts Councils. This amendment has allowed Pawlenty to perpetuate the myth that "no new taxes" means no less services. As far as to what the money went for that's also open for debate. 35 million was sent to Finland to "purchase an easement" from a FORIGN timber company who still owns the land, can continue to harvest on it and NOT have to pay taxes on it. Millions of dollars were spent on other "easements" and for "enhancements" to those properties. In addition the Nature Conservency recieves significant dollars as the "administrator" who wraps these sh-t bags up and donates them to the DNR to take care of. But wait I thought there was a story about the DNR not having enough money to take care of the land they already own? And why is it that more money is being spent on easements for hunting when nothing is being spent on invasive species in our lakes (zebra mussels, millfoil) which is a real danger to Minnetonka and Millelacs? Given that the number of people hunting, based on licenses bought, has shown a significant downward trend, one has to wonder who thinks these easement are sound public policy. And don't get me started on the 15 -20% administrative costs allowed by the Regional Arts Councils to operate. Obviously Rep. Hansen was doing the job he was elected to do. He asked tough questions and sought accountability for how these public dollars are spent. So now the foxes, or Raven, are watching the chicken coop. Since the Republicans arn't interested in the publics interest regarding Legacy spending, it's up to the Governor. I hope he is up to the challenge.
AntiMelting

Garden City, MI

#4 Feb 8, 2011
Fox In Hen House wrote:
This money has been used for Nothing but backfilling the budgets of DNR, PCA and the Regional Arts Councils. This amendment has allowed Pawlenty to perpetuate the myth that "no new taxes" means no less services. As far as to what the money went for that's also open for debate. 35 million was sent to Finland to "purchase an easement" from a FORIGN timber company who still owns the land, can continue to harvest on it and NOT have to pay taxes on it. Millions of dollars were spent on other "easements" and for "enhancements" to those properties. In addition the Nature Conservency recieves significant dollars as the "administrator" who wraps these sh-t bags up and donates them to the DNR to take care of. But wait I thought there was a story about the DNR not having enough money to take care of the land they already own? And why is it that more money is being spent on easements for hunting when nothing is being spent on invasive species in our lakes (zebra mussels, millfoil) which is a real danger to Minnetonka and Millelacs? Given that the number of people hunting, based on licenses bought, has shown a significant downward trend, one has to wonder who thinks these easement are sound public policy. And don't get me started on the 15 -20% administrative costs allowed by the Regional Arts Councils to operate. Obviously Rep. Hansen was doing the job he was elected to do. He asked tough questions and sought accountability for how these public dollars are spent. So now the foxes, or Raven, are watching the chicken coop. Since the Republicans arn't interested in the publics interest regarding Legacy spending, it's up to the Governor. I hope he is up to the challenge.
Is Dayton the fox or the hen?
Nota Sheep

Moraga, CA

#5 Feb 8, 2011
"Bipartisan" to a liberal means "letting the liberals do whatever the he|| they want."

Perhaps it would be better if these stuck-up liberal idiots served on other committees than on the ones they want-- likely, they are so entrenched in what they do that they cannot see it objectively, and new people with new thinking would be a good thing.

Then again, seeing how liberals' minds are like concrete-- all mixed up and permanently set-- I doubt they will learn a bloody thing.
Leprechaun

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Feb 8, 2011
Changing positions may actually bring a new idea or two to the table. Folks who have been on the same committees for years tend to get stale, complacent and non-productive. Good idea - let's give it a try.
Sick of the cry babies

United States

#7 Feb 8, 2011
Our government at all levels have lost the ability to compromise which is what our government was founded on. But it is all Party lines only. Repulicans complained that the Democrats don't look to be bipartians what are they talking about they have not been bipartisan for years. Our government has gotten to be nothing but hundreds of 2 years olds having a tantrum and only what they want. There is no best interest of the rest of the state or country just what is in it for me.
Neek

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Feb 8, 2011
Cut Government spending.
Cut Taxes.
Cut Welfare.
Just keep cutting until we realize how LITTLE government we need.
We should all be thinking about the minimal amount of government that is essential.
We need government...but how much is too much?
Well...I think, we all know we have too much right now?
And the government we have is wasteful and needs to lose alot of extra weight!
Kinda like a fat kid...the parents just keep feeding him and down the road that kid just hates himself and everyone hates him for being a big fat adult!
SLASH government spending and taxes with the biggest AXE you can find...hopefully, that will help us all in the end!
Less Government=more freedom
antelope

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Feb 8, 2011
Elections make a difference. The agenda of the republicans toward
the environment is quite clear. Hansen and Anderson and Wagenius are
too knowledgeable and piss off the hook and bullet crowd by asking
questions. Rukavina is against buying land so they like him.

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