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Minnesota legislators ready to pass $1 billion bonding bill

There are 48 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 22, 2010, titled Minnesota legislators ready to pass $1 billion bonding bill. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Minnesota House and Senate are poised to pass a $1 billion public works bill tonight night, despite Gov.

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Elk River, MN

#42 Feb 23, 2010
This bill shows how irresponsible the democrats are. Most of the items in the bill aren't needed and all of them are way over-priced. If the government is involved, we will be paying way too much.

Duluth, MN

#43 Feb 24, 2010
Tybalt wrote:
the democrat party is thoroughly corrupt.
no arguement here

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Desert, CA

#44 Feb 24, 2010
reed wrote:
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no arguement here
Aren't you the pot calling the kettle black?

Listen pal, there has been corruption in all political parties for over a century.
Ever heard of the Teapot Dome Scandal?
Google it and see what year that occurred.
Corruption and politics go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Keep digging

Saint Paul, MN

#45 Feb 24, 2010
Cut it all, both the DFL and Republican funding. Maybe keep in the Childrens Hospital expansion and bridge repair. End of story.
Keep digging

Saint Paul, MN

#46 Feb 24, 2010
The dome is fine and a snake pit for visiting teams. Wilf or NFL can buy their own stadiums here or some other city. Why allow Rich crooked NFL owners to threaten the cities who built the NFL to build them stadiums....they are laughin' all the way to the bank.We can create jobs through the construction industries of rebuilding our infrastructure and rural areas. Enough said.
reed wrote:
- The construction of a new stadium will support approximately 13,400 jobs, including 8,000 construction and trades workers that would be utilized during the building process.
- Over half the cost of constructing the new stadium, or $577 million, will be directed toward wages and salaries from construction jobs and jobs supported in other industries as a result of construction-related spending.
- Upon completion of the stadium, 3,400 full and part-time jobs will be supported by the economic activity generated by a new stadium and the Vikings.
- The economic activity from a new stadium will generate over $32 million per year in tax revenue, which includes the $18 million annually generated by the Vikings.
Minnesota Vikings Paid More Than $18 Million In Taxes In 2008
Direct Fiscal Impact To Minnesota (2008)
* Property Tax -$240,000
* State Tax Withholding on Players and Staff -$10,857,000
* Sales Tax on Tickets and Merchandise -$2,755,000
* Admission Tax MSFC -$4,305,000
SubTotal --$18,157,000 ^
^ this total does not include income tax collected from visiting players and teams.
or clothing, fans, nearby stores, etc.....
http://www.minnesotamomentum.com/getthefacts ....
Pawlenty: When I suggested Vikings stadium ideas, I didn't mean me
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who's made a career of sending mixed messages on stadium proposals, now says that he won't introduce a Vikings stadium bill this session, just days after proposing a bunch of funding mechanisms for a stadium, including lotteries and tax-increment financing. "We don't have a proposal," he told reporters yesterday, insisting that the state legislature would have to take the lead: "They could actually have a creative thought on their own, where they initiate something."
The legislature, for its part, hasn't shown any interest in pushing a Vikings stadium, so they could rightfully ask why Pawlenty is getting all snarky on them. But in stadium politics, accusing your opponents of inaction is a common ploy especially when you might have some other reasons to not want to stick your neck out yourself.
http://www.fieldofschemes.com/news/archives/2 ...
We need a better America

Minneapolis, MN

#47 Feb 25, 2010
conrad wrote:
The democraps passing a One Billion Dollar Bonding Bill is no different than them going to the toilet in the morning; but why do we Minnesotans have to be participants and witnesses? We don't. And We won't.
Why are you resorting to name-calling? Is it because you don't have an intelligent enough argument to counter what the Democrats are doing? It definitely sounds like it.
Frannys Front Teeth

Minneapolis, MN

#48 Feb 26, 2010
Freedom Lover wrote:
Isn't it ironic that not a single DFL candidata for governor is on the record supporting this bill. Margaret Anderson-Kelliher? Where are you? Where's your leadership? Why are you hiding behind a bunch of shriveled up old has-beens?
Stick to your guns sheriff T-Paw and shoot this scurvy curr down!
did you look at Old Country Buffett?
LGA Larry

Minneapolis, MN

#49 Feb 26, 2010
There was an odd vote this week in the Minnesota House to preserve general assistance
medical care (GAMC), an ultra-expensive welfare healthcare program that Governor
Pawlenty has slated for closure on April 1st.

The vote was odd because many House Republicans voted for it. Again, this program's
costs were skyrocketing out of control, with double-digit growth rates every budget
cycle. This program was on a trajectory to eat funding from every other program
area, including K-12 education and law enforcement.

The bill that passed last week came at a cost of $283 million and would do nothing
to reform eligibility and benefit sets - the very thing driving costs. Perhaps the
DFL majority should first tell taxpayers how they intend to close a $1.2 billion
deficit before passing bills that spend hundreds of millions of dollars. Let them
first show their tax increase proposals and at least give us an idea of how deeply
they want to punish success and productivity.

Moreover, the arguments from the DFL were filled with the typical vapid, illogical
appeals to emotion that seem fill their rhetoric. They spoke of veterans and the
elderly being "kicked off" health care. As you would expect, the facts are just
a bit different.

First, no one is being kicked off health care. Current enrollees will be auto-enrolled
in another health care program that admittedly has a less generous benefits set.
That's the point. We can't afford GAMC.

Second, veterans and the elderly don't use GAMC, or at least they have other alternatives.
The elderly are already covered by Medicare, a strictly federal program. Veterans
are covered by VA medical benefits. One veteran actually testified in committee
that he's on GAMC because the clinics under that program are more convenient that
the clinic availability offered under VA benefits. Again, we can't afford this type
of "convenience."

The DFL simply ought to get to the business of balancing the state's finances before
taking up spending bills like this one and the $1 billion bonding bill, which should
be more accurately called the "debt bill."

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