At The Capitol / Bonding bill likely ...

At The Capitol / Bonding bill likely on veto fast track

There are 8 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 9, 2010, titled At The Capitol / Bonding bill likely on veto fast track. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Despite a veto threat by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota Senate on Tuesday passed a $1 billion public works bill to construct college classrooms and flood-control projects, parks and trails, bridges, and sewer systems.

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DFL NeedsDiet

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 10, 2010
Can you say pork?? How about completing the shovel ready project of the Northstar commuter rail to St. Cloud?
Veto

AOL

#2 Feb 10, 2010
Veto is right. We can't afford it. Good start DFLers as I see you haven't learned anything about fiscal responsibility and it takes a Governor with fortitude to stop the spending train.
Really

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 10, 2010
well here is another story by the DFL lapdog Bill Salisbury. Why bother reading a story by the go to guy for the dems? This is why this paper is in the tank. Salisbury is quick to tell the dfl story yet asks no hard questions. Incidentally where is scope salisbury and his close research on the edwards sex scandal? he was all over Larry Craig for a attempted encounter but he has been MIA with the edwards fathering a child and having affairs. This guy was running for pres and the press did not look at him., The story was broken by the national enquirer...it is apparent that they are more reporter than this salisbury.Note to editor FIRE THIS BUM
Enforcer

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Feb 10, 2010
Don't forget the nine Republicans that cast their "Aye" vote for this Bloated Debt bill (and the 2 Democrats who didn't). We will see how they vote after Pawlenty axes the whole thing.
BTA

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#5 Feb 12, 2010
Close the stupid end of the U of M campus. The school of Business and Management, as demonstrated by the nations economic crisisis useless. It is creating nothing but morons and should be closed. History has proven that the best business leaders the nation has ever seen never went to or droppedout of "business school". The smart end of the campus "The real sciences", the campus, engioneering, medicine etc., will fill these areas, just as they always did before the fraud of the business school became a popular haven for the dimwitted person with too much tuition money, and time on their hands. Also, remember that law school graduates held the hands of the afore mentioned business school graduates while they were committing their treason.

The money would bemuch better spentin the real sciences.

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Feb 12, 2010
$20 million; Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

$3.9 million; Inver Grove Heights' Rock Island Swing Bridge park and trails

Didnt the idiots in this state just vote in a constitutional amendment to fund the arts and enviornment?
What happened to that money?
Lux et Veritas

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Feb 17, 2010
Marty Seifert on Margaret Kelliher's blatant disregard of House rules when the pork-laden bill was hustled through to a vote:

“Madam Speaker and Members, what we have just witnessed was the passing of a bill without any opportunity for us to represent our constituents. None. None. And for people, whether they are in the majority or the minority, for us to come here representing about 38,000 people, and not having an opportunity to try to convince our colleagues why it is bad to break the debt limit, to sentence our children to not $1.1 billion of debt, but almost $1.7 billion after the interest is paid, is shameful. And this bill should be vetoed outright, for that reason alone. This is a deliberative body, ladies and gentlemen. This is not a body where we are supposed to ram things through for convenience.

"Borrowing $1.1 billion without the opportunity for one Member to stand up and represent their constituents on final passage. And I think there are a lot of people on both sides of the aisle that know that what just happened was absolutely wrong. But you went along with the Party Line, over what was right. Shutting off debate on final passage, Members, does not happen very often. We have been here for about a week. You are telling us that you couldn’t give us 20 or 30 minutes to explain to the people of Minnesota why this is a terrible bill? To talk about the pork projects, and the waste, and the bloat, in this bill that just passed? But it is too late now. Because you already sent it out of the Chamber.

"And so I hope that Members will think for the rest of this Session about how the majority is operating this place, where we are supposed to deliberate and where we are supposed to visit with each other about the merits or the lack thereof of every single bill that comes to this floor. But now we are going to shut off debate. So people cannot represent their constituents. And by the way, it is not just those of us who thought that it was a big waste of money and full of pork. How about those of you who wanted to urge passage of the bill because you maybe had something that you wanted us to know about? Maybe Rep. Lanning wanted to visit a little bit about the flood issues in Moorhead. Maybe there were people who had a project in their district relating to higher ed. So I am not saying that everything in this bill was bad.

"But it is too bad that we could not inform each other and the people of Minnesota about this bill. It is shameful, what we just did. And I hope Governor Pawlenty will take a look at how this body operated tonight, and take the whole bill down based on that fact alone. And then ask people to come to the drawing board and work together, rather than what just happened.”

Rep. Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) said it best:
“Madam Speaker, are we going to have any rules in this body, or is it going to be whatever the Speaker chooses the rules to be at any given particular time?”
reed vikes

Duluth, MN

#8 Feb 17, 2010
come on vikes please. dont really wanna move to L.A. I might if they do, please come on you stupid elitists'

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