At The Capitol / Both sides dig in over Dayton's budget proposal

Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative Republicans fought over taxes and spending Wednesday, engaging in a public relations campaign across the state as the governor's day-old budget proposal started its journey through the legislative process. Full Story
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Since: Apr 08

Osceola, WI

#2 Feb 17, 2011
Dayton needs to meet reality, his budget was DOA period.
Screw That

Wichita, KS

#3 Feb 17, 2011
I use less goverment services. I pay my bills and work hard for my money. How about starting with the Politicians and have them take a pay cut! Look at the news now most welfare checks and withdrawls are happening at the Casinos?? Start a State run Casino and give people the chioce if they want to give thier hard earned money back. I am right at the mark for joint filing, I cant get aide for my son at school, so we take out loans mean while the kid next to him is getting by for free, we pay for private high school, by choice, yet dont get a break for that. I pay more in property taxes as I have a nice house, maybe I should just move into an apartment and pay no property taxes!! I pay more in taxes on my newer cars and for tabs and plates. We eat out more, vacation more. I think the so called weathly are paying our share already.
Minnesotan

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Feb 17, 2011
I see ortman and other gop mouth's are already spinning false confusions. Seem's the gop leadership has been partying since the elections and not been focused on the people's business.
it starts

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Feb 17, 2011
several hundred snowplow drivers, teachers, nurses and other unionized workers filled the Capitol rotunda, chanting "Tax the rich" in a show of support for Dayton's plan

Tax the rich - tax anyone except us and do not think about cutting my pay. I earned it.....
The union should talk..... good grief
SLJ

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Feb 17, 2011
I my so tried of everyone's complains. Daytons is tring, he is doing more then Tim did.
speedo11

Duluth, MN

#7 Feb 17, 2011
150,000 combined income is NOT rich, and if so then we should have a say in the trips and public dollars spent trying to sell this crap. I saw the meeting in Cloquet and there were very few people sitting there listening. I think whe should start cutting goverment fat. The politicians drive and fly around at will at the expense of the taxpayer.
j hoffa

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Feb 17, 2011
What do union workers have to fear? If you are doing your job and worth what you make you should have no fear.

If you have fear that tells me that the above is not true, so you are basically saying that you don't do your job and are overpaid.

It simply can't be both, which is it?
kaa ching

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 17, 2011
If this moron governor thinks his budget is going to fly and that he has some kind of mandate from the idiotic voters that voted for him, he's clueless. Right, Governor, I vow to undo the 'temporary tax'(no such thing). He'll kill this state but thank God for the GOP roadblock. Government shutdown is forthcoming. What an idiot!
Chuck

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Feb 17, 2011
SLJ wrote:
I my so tried of everyone's complains. Daytons is tring, he is doing more then Tim did.
Wow, you wrote 2 sentences and came up with 1 syntax error and 3 spelling errors.

Looks like the teachers union really came through for you.
GETEMMARK

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Feb 17, 2011
Dayton needs to get rid of all the Pawlenty plants in State Government, that should cover the cut's, about 2500.
Jim B

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Feb 17, 2011
Screw That wrote:
I use less goverment services. I pay my bills and work hard for my money. How about starting with the Politicians and have them take a pay cut! Look at the news now most welfare checks and withdrawls are happening at the Casinos?? Start a State run Casino and give people the chioce if they want to give thier hard earned money back. I am right at the mark for joint filing, I cant get aide for my son at school, so we take out loans mean while the kid next to him is getting by for free, we pay for private high school, by choice, yet dont get a break for that. I pay more in property taxes as I have a nice house, maybe I should just move into an apartment and pay no property taxes!! I pay more in taxes on my newer cars and for tabs and plates. We eat out more, vacation more. I think the so called weathly are paying our share already.
I respect that you pay your bills and work hard and pay more in property taxes. So do I. But, because you and I may use fewer government services, we cannot escape the fact that many of our neigbors, family, friends, colleagues, and others may need them. You and I probably rely a lot more on government services than we realize because much of what government does is out of our sight. It seems to me that asking the 5% of us who are better off to pay a little more while also imposing some hard cuts is a reasonable compromis. You make some fair points but there are a couple of mischaracterizations. Cutting salaries of elected officials does virtually nothing to address the $6.2 billion deficit staring at Minnesotans. Most people on public assistance have never seen the inside of a casino.
bRad

United States

#13 Feb 17, 2011
It's not surprising that the longer the social welfare state continues the lower and lower the definition of "rich" gets. This is true even while inflation continues to increase wages. The social welfare state requires an ever increasing expansion who can "afford" and how much they can "afford" to pay for those who can't. Eventually the social welfare state will bring everyone down to the same miserable level.

Tax the productive jobs and they will leave this state.
MCullen NE

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Feb 17, 2011
kaa ching wrote:
If this moron governor thinks his budget is going to fly and that he has some kind of mandate from the idiotic voters that voted for him, he's clueless. Right, Governor, I vow to undo the 'temporary tax'(no such thing). He'll kill this state but thank God for the GOP roadblock. Government shutdown is forthcoming. What an idiot!
And what is your answer to he budget problem big mouth?
Sideshow Bob

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Feb 17, 2011
Jim B wrote:
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I respect that you pay your bills and work hard and pay more in property taxes. So do I. But, because you and I may use fewer government services, we cannot escape the fact that many of our neigbors, family, friends, colleagues, and others may need them. You and I probably rely a lot more on government services than we realize because much of what government does is out of our sight. It seems to me that asking the 5% of us who are better off to pay a little more while also imposing some hard cuts is a reasonable compromis. You make some fair points but there are a couple of mischaracterizations. Cutting salaries of elected officials does virtually nothing to address the $6.2 billion deficit staring at Minnesotans. Most people on public assistance have never seen the inside of a casino.
Jim, you are not likely in the 5%.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#16 Feb 17, 2011
MCullen NE wrote:
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And what is your answer to he budget problem big mouth?
Cut, cut, and cut again. The nanny state needs to get out of the nanny business.

The Department of Education should be trimmed by 75% minimum. Their mission is duplicated by local school districts and is not necessary,

HHS should be cut by 50%. If there are local needs to be met, they should be handled by the cities and counties. The best and most responsive government is the local government.

LGA should be eliminated. Stealing tax payer money to redistribute wealth is an outdated concept.

You can say what you wish about the hard working people that are employed by the State of MN, but the fact remains that there are way too many of them. Plus their wage and benefit packages have been relatively untouched by the current economic crisis and they need to share the pain. Cut staffing levels by a minimum of 20%. Cut wage and benefit packages by a minimum of 10%.

Let's start there and then reassess when these are completed.
butch

Wayzata, MN

#17 Feb 17, 2011
Start the layoffs and don't stop until the budget is resolved. If it shutdown, nobody would miss the public sector unions.

The judgement day has cometh and the dfl tax and spend mantra is a dog with no legs to hunt. Give the taxpayers of this state the remedy to the crisis---kick the union in the groin and when they stand up or fall down, kick em again!!

When then have no job, no check, and no majority it is time to get the solution right. Right to work state, no collective bargaining, vouchers, and tax cuts!!!!! WOOO WOOO!!
butch

Wayzata, MN

#18 Feb 17, 2011
Chuck wrote:
This one sided AP article fails to mention that "Russ Jones, an unemployed floor layer from Anoka" probably hasn't had a job in 10 years and has a measured IQ that matches the number of the Heinz Steak Sauce.
He is actually a rent-a-bum from the union temp pool paid minimum wage to look and talk stupid. He hasn't been l-a-i-d either for awhile from the looks of things. Wow is he ugly!
butch

Wayzata, MN

#19 Feb 17, 2011
Minnesotan wrote:
I see ortman and other gop mouth's are already spinning false confusions. Seem's the gop leadership has been partying since the elections and not been focused on the people's business.
Dude-- you got no people so shut up and spin on your thumb loser!

“Oh Sheeeit...They Elected Who?”

Since: Oct 08

Socialist Republic of America

#20 Feb 17, 2011
I think Mr Jones of Anoka suffers from inhaling the glue fumes...

Since when is $85,000 single /$150,000 married couples rich? How about we sharpen the budget knife there Gov, and get rid of the waste. And while you’re at it cut taxes so we’ll all have more money to spend. Thta will fuel the economy...get more people working...and that will increase the tax base.
Jonny on the Spot

Mankato, MN

#21 Feb 17, 2011
I gots an idea!

Let's build a stadium. A *BIG* stadium where people can come, and pay HUNDREDS of DOLLARS to further line the pockets of millionares. Let's make sure that we make it the responsibility of the taxpayer to pay for this stadium as well.

I mean, who needs schools? Who needs roads? We gotsda have da football!

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