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View Diary: MN-GOP fined $30K. Deep in debt. Staggering mess. (53 comments)

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  •  A couple other GOP-related disasters in MN (11+ / 0-)

    About a year ago, the Republicans in the legislature, inspired by tea-party rhetoric, insisted that the only way to balance the budget was to cut spending, without any tax increases. And the Democratic governor wouldn’t knuckle under. So last year the state government shut down for about a month.

    What could go wrong? State employees were temporarily laid off. Road-building and other infrastructure projects were postponed (in the summertime, which is the best time to build things because winter is too cold). Convenience stores stopped selling lottery tickets. You could renew your driver’s license but not take the road test for a new one. State parks shut down. And so on. The shutdown led to more unemployment and it lowered the state tax revenues. Plus payments to school districts were delayed, requiring many districts to borrow money to continue (meaning they were spending money on interest payments instead of on education).

    Plus, because of the way the state constitution is set up, Republicans in the legislature have put two constitutional amendments on the ballot. One reason is that it’s very easy to pass an amendment (majority of the legislature, then a majority of the voters who vote in an election). So far, 120 amendments have been added to the MN constitution (out of 200+ that were put to the voters). Another reason is that the process bypasses the Governor. An amendment requires a simple majority of the legislature and the voters. The Governor has no say.

    The Republicans have put a crappy voter-ID amendment on the 2012 ballot (because maybe if they prevent certain citizens from voting they’ll win the recounts in the future). There’s also a horrible one-man-one-woman (anti-gay) marriage amendment on the ballot.

    Thanks for the diary, WineRev. It’s well-written and hilarious to read. The party that insists on balancing the budget can’t even handle their own party’s money.

    But the angle said to them, "Do not be Alfred. A sailor has been born to you"

    by Dbug on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 09:09:25 AM PDT

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