Minnesota braces for shutdown over budget impasse
Ann McGlynn of North St. Paul, Minn., pumps her parasol up and down as she chants along with other demonstrators gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in St.
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Saint Paul, MN
#1 Jul 1, 2011
"Minnesota stands alone on the brink of a shutdown, thanks to Dayton’s pledge to raise taxes on the wealthy to fix the budget"
Hello Tribune, it is shut down, are you in denial?
The Media has done NOTHINGHG to talk about the core issues here, only that the parks will be closed, the zoo will close and that the sky will fall. BS.
Dayton is a 100% moron. The DFL now after all these years of controlling the legislature and spending money like drunken sailors thinks there should be a compromise.[Sigh]
This is so typical. MN is an embarrassment to the nation with liberals’ screeching "TAX the top 2%!" and of course, the lead-off to this story is some NSP dim wit in the front of the line.
How stupid is it to try to fix a 5 Billion dollar deficit by trying to pass a LARGER BLOATED BUDGET!
Do any of you knuckle head liberals not see a problem with that? The state is broke! There is not enough revenue and more ridicules self-serving government spending.
God only knows how the Jim Beam addled Governor ever got elected, but he did.
But lucky for us the GOP got the majority in the legislature to save you STUPID DFL'RS.
The buffoon Dayton will have to settle for a budget that does not increase over the last one and not raise taxes that will kill jobs and is THEFT of other people’s money. I say start taxing the poor! They don't pay ANY TAXES..
Those poor babies that got laid off can now feel the pain like the rest of the country.
I don't have an ounce of sympathy for those gravy train free loaders.
Saint Paul, MN
#2 Jul 1, 2011
Republican leaders made their own statement, saying Dayton’s proposal for dealing with the projected $5 billion deficit would cause irreparable harm to the state’s economy for generations.
“We will not saddle our children and grandchildren with mounds of debts, with promises for funding levels that will not be there in the future,” said House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove.“This is debt that they can’t afford. It’s debt that we can’t afford right now.”
Saint Paul, MN
#3 Jul 1, 2011
Minnesotans have seen the collision coming for months. Dayton ran for office on the promise to hike taxes, while Republicans won control of both legislative chambers for the first time ever on the promise not to hike taxes, but to cut the budget instead. Even on that score, the new budget was rather weak tea; spending actually increases by 6% over the next biennium, as noted above, rather than decreasing. Dayton and his DFL legislators demanded a 24% spending hike over two years, which is why they demanded the taxes to go with it.
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