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  •  I Suspect You're In a Small Minority... (5+ / 0-)
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    wwmiv, dc1000, WisJohn, DCCyclone, gabjoh

    My experience in working in print media was that there was no other issue that fired up populist outrage the way that pay increases for public officials did.  Couple that with more than a billion dollars in proposed tax increases for the peasants and the optics couldn't possibly be worse.

    •  Generally, I don't think (3+ / 0-)
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      ArkDem14, ChadmanFL, gabjoh

      these kinds of stories will matter much, but there is some history with political pay raises, as Christopher Walker says, and it's easy to explain and sounds bad.

      27, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-10 (formerly PA-02/NY-12, then PA-02/NY-14). Also at

      by Xenocrypt on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:50:32 AM PDT

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    •  Why didn't they propose a (1+ / 0-)
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      more spread out tax package instead of one that hit middle and lower income voters so hard?

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

      by ArkDem14 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:36:58 AM PDT

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      •  You Wouldn't Think Minnesota Democrats..... (1+ / 0-)
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        .....would be so inclined to so closely follow the template of Tennessee when crafting their budget.

        To be fair, they're at least still entertaining the idea of raising income taxes on the wealthy and (gasp!) following through on the campaign theme that got Dayton and the DFL legislature elected in the first place, but consider me skeptical.  I suspect the DFL's fragile coalition will have enough nervous nelly members stared down by the Chamber of Commerce to deny them a majority on taxing rich, especially in the House.  In the end, I suspect only the regressive stuff passes and the DFL will look like complete frauds in the process.

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