Democrats revamp construction bill

Full story: TwinCities.com
Legislative Democrats are moving ahead with a $986 million construction bill next week even though they don't have a deal with Republican Gov. Full Story
Oops There It Is

Eau Claire, WI

#1 Mar 5, 2010
sheesh 1 billion or 986 million, whats the difference? they just dont get it work broke and they want to raise taxes, stop spending are start cutting
Joe Merlot

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Mar 5, 2010
Why is this so hard and what is their issue in funding Moose Lake and Oak Park Heights, they are public safety issues (Moose Lake especially). I think all involved realize that the current Civil Commitment process is not sustainable, but the stop gap is absolutely necessary and you'd be hard pressed to argue that it's not. Sure we need to change policy, but that doesn't mean you let the current wacko's in the pipeline awaiting release back on the streets to prey.

Further, why are they having a hard time paring back the remaining spending to only those capital improvements that are needed for maintenance. The stimulus argument for local pork projects doesn't hold water and we all know it. If they are struggling this mightily over what should be a non controversial order of business, how in the heck are they going to get anything done on the budget.

By the way, we are now almost six weeks in and still no budget bill after repeated requess by the Governor both private and public. As I expected all along and posted a number of times, we'll see a few tax increase idea's floated to test public perception but no actual budget bill until the last week of the session (which fast approaching). So far we've seen a proposal by counties to forfiet their state aid and be allowed to levy sales tax increases to take over state services and we've seen Baak's proposal that is not even supported by the DFL caucus, yet we've seen nothing from the DFL caucus, only spending and policy initiatives. They'll continue to unofficially float tax increase idea's so that they can identify the least unpopular choice and the one that most lines up with their constituency. In the end, they'll throw a last minute bill out with tax increases and claim that the Governor has been holding them back because he won't negotiate. They'll angle for an override, special session, government shutdown, basically anything that they can to get a tax increase to avoid making tough decisions and obscure their failure to do their jobs. Oh and let's not forget that they'll do everything they can to obfuscate their failures by attacking and blaming the governor for not allowing yet another tax increase. Basically, they'll scheme instead of being forthright.

Dissapointing and frustrating. Hopefully, this is the last session that we'll have to endure the pattern for a while.
Indie

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 5, 2010
Gee is it asking too much for the writer of this piece to list some of the items on it? Have we taken out the 30 or so million for the zoo? The 16 million for the remodling of the Ordway? There's so much waste and pork on some of these luxury items it's sickening. They funded things like remmodling the union depot an utter waste, while not previously including public safety items such as the sex offender facility. So we don't prioritize keeping pigs like Alphonse Rodruiguez locked up but we have the money for a cultural center and civic centers in Roch. and St Cloud. Simply an amazing level of arrogance and mismanagement.
redeemer

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Mar 5, 2010
Joe Merlot wrote:
Why is this so hard and what is their issue in funding Moose Lake and Oak Park Heights, they are public safety issues (Moose Lake especially). I think all involved realize that the current Civil Commitment process is not sustainable, but the stop gap is absolutely necessary and you'd be hard pressed to argue that it's not. Sure we need to change policy, but that doesn't mean you let the current wacko's in the pipeline awaiting release back on the streets to prey.
Further, why are they having a hard time paring back the remaining spending to only those capital improvements that are needed for maintenance. The stimulus argument for local pork projects doesn't hold water and we all know it. If they are struggling this mightily over what should be a non controversial order of business, how in the heck are they going to get anything done on the budget.
By the way, we are now almost six weeks in and still no budget bill after repeated requess by the Governor both private and public. As I expected all along and posted a number of times, we'll see a few tax increase idea's floated to test public perception but no actual budget bill until the last week of the session (which fast approaching). So far we've seen a proposal by counties to forfiet their state aid and be allowed to levy sales tax increases to take over state services and we've seen Baak's proposal that is not even supported by the DFL caucus, yet we've seen nothing from the DFL caucus, only spending and policy initiatives. They'll continue to unofficially float tax increase idea's so that they can identify the least unpopular choice and the one that most lines up with their constituency. In the end, they'll throw a last minute bill out with tax increases and claim that the Governor has been holding them back because he won't negotiate. They'll angle for an override, special session, government shutdown, basically anything that they can to get a tax increase to avoid making tough decisions and obscure their failure to do their jobs. Oh and let's not forget that they'll do everything they can to obfuscate their failures by attacking and blaming the governor for not allowing yet another tax increase. Basically, they'll scheme instead of being forthright.
Dissapointing and frustrating. Hopefully, this is the last session that we'll have to endure the pattern for a while.
Hopefully,this is the last session that we have
endure Timmy and all of you republicans micro and macro,local and nationally,what a bad snake oil salesman you are.I know that you never get a salesman of the month award.
I'm still not BUYING your nonsense. The governor is an ego manic,a hopeless failture
get over your snakeoil,and believe your own lying eye's for once.
Joe Merlot

Cottage Grove, MN

#5 Mar 5, 2010
redeemer wrote:
<quoted text>Hopefully,this is the last session that we have
endure Timmy and all of you republicans micro and macro,local and nationally,what a bad snake oil salesman you are.I know that you never get a salesman of the month award.
I'm still not BUYING your nonsense. The governor is an ego manic,a hopeless failture
get over your snakeoil,and believe your own lying eye's for once.
Wouldn't you be better served reading the Strib?

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