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Mark Dayton
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is actually
standing up to Republicans over the state budget.
Minnesota faces a big will-they-or-won't-they situation—specifically will the state government shut down on Friday or will the governor and state legislature come to a budget agreement. Minnesota Progressive Project's Tony Sterle explains the impasse:
The Democrats want to fix the budget by raising $1.8 billion of revenue through tax increases on the wealthiest Minnesotans (singles making $150,000+ per year; couples making $250,000+ per year) and by cutting specified areas, such as slightly decreasing the funding of the University of Minnesota and MnSCU. By contrast, the Republicans want to achieve balance by making much more drastic cuts to government services. Amongst a variety of other unpleasant measures, the Republican plan includes deep cuts to state aid, a 6% cut to advocacy programs to abused children and minor parents, a 15% reduction in the state workforce, and a $48 million cut to special education (but who really cares about all that stuff, am I right?).

In fact, Gov. Mark Dayton's (D) proposed $35.8 billion two-year budget is a reduction from his initial proposal of $37 billion. But that compromise on his part was not enough for his state's Republican-controlled legislature, which is following the recently-invented Republican tradition of never, ever compromising. Last week, Dayton wrote to Republican leaders:

Your offer last Thursday was extremely disappointing. It provided no increase to your proposed state budget of $34 billion for the next biennium. Over a month ago, on May 16, I offered to compromise and meet you half-way between our two budgets. You rejected that offer, and you continue to insist that I agree entirely to your position. That is neither reasonable nor responsible.. Your continuing unwillingness to compromise will make it impossible for us to reach a fair and balanced solution by June 30.

Your offer last Thursday to rearrange your priorities from tax reductions to support for education, public safety, and other essential services, is an improvement to your budget. You are welcome to do so, although it does nothing to alleviate the severe cuts your $34 billion budget would impose on so many Minnesotans.

However, your proposal that I agree to forego my $1.8 billion in increased tax revenues, which come entirely from closing corporate tax loopholes and raising income taxes on only 2% of Minnesota’s highest income earners, in return for your foregoing $200 million in tax cuts, is so obviously inequitable as to be absurd. It shows once again how unreasonable and unrealistic your negotiating tactics are.

On Sunday, budget talks appeared to end abruptly, but resumed Monday afternoon. Both sides have agreed to keep the details of their negotiations private, but on Tuesday, their vague comments seemed to indicate little progress but continuing willingness to negotiate.

Minnesota's wealthiest 1% pay a lower percent of their income in state and local taxes than the state average. Preserving that is something Minnesota Republicans are willing to shut state government down for. Good for Dayton for not caving so far, and here's hoping he doesn't.

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  •  Expose the Republican Position (5+ / 0-)

    In WI the democrats in the Senate exposed the coup de etat by the republicans following the script of ALEC.

    In MI the Governor  is exposing their position

    Need to get it out and understood

    A government professor friend pointed out that the USA is basically a bottom up country. Local, county state and on up to the federal. So ingrained is this that  there are no constitutional ways to stop the destruction at the State and Local level.

    Citizen uprising is the only way to stop it.

  •  Dayton ran on a platform of raising taxes (13+ / 0-)

    and he won handily.  Once again, the Republicans ignore the will of the people to protect their country club and corporate friends.

    If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them. Paul Wellstone

    by Alice Olson on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:30:40 PM PDT

  •  These folks are elected officials (2+ / 0-)
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    at some point we need to hold those who elected them responsible instead of acting as if these a-holes just appeared out of nowhere.

    That god you been prayin’ to is gonna give ya back what you’re wishin’ on someone else.

    by Coss on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:33:21 PM PDT

  •  My best friend is a pharmacist in MN (22+ / 0-)

    She's also a Republican. Lifelong. Never voted Democrat in her 33 years. We rarely talk politics, because it inevitably leads to a fight. But she's had trouble sleeping lately. Last Friday she called me and said, "I feel like I'm drowning. 20% of my customers won't be able to afford their meds. Some of them will die. I don't know what I can do to help. You were right. You were right the whole time. I'll never vote Republican again."

    Obviously, I'm paraphrasing, but after 20 years of friendship I was shocked and paying attention. The above quote is as close to exact as a quote can come without being copied-and-pasted.

    I'm on Medicaid myself, due to a heart condition and epilepsy and no insurance company being willing to take me and me being too young for Medicare. I received "the letter" a few weeks ago stating that I would likely lose my health care on July 1st. It told me if I'm sick to go to the hospital. So every Medicaid patient has been told, "If you're sick, go to the hospital." THAT will save tax payers a ton.

    Fucking Republicans. Make me so mad, I'm shaking. I should get that looked at. Oh, wait ... I don't have a way to pay for health care as of July 1st!

    An Inspirational Poem: Follow me on Twitter @Sloopydrew! Tell me you're from DKos and I'll also follow you!

    by sloopydrew on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:34:15 PM PDT

    •  PLEASE read the above post (5+ / 0-)

      I never plead with people to read my post, but I don't think the subject line was compelling enough to bring people in and I went really personal in the above. And I think it's important. Should I turn it into a diary?

      An Inspirational Poem: Follow me on Twitter @Sloopydrew! Tell me you're from DKos and I'll also follow you!

      by sloopydrew on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:35:50 PM PDT

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      •  Write a diary on it (5+ / 0-)

        And I'll be happy to rec it.

        •  I'm going to hold you to that, quaoar (1+ / 0-)
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          I am writing the diary. How do I let you know when it's posted? I want that rec. ;-p

          An Inspirational Poem: Follow me on Twitter @Sloopydrew! Tell me you're from DKos and I'll also follow you!

          by sloopydrew on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 02:19:39 PM PDT

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      •  PLEASE ignore the above post! (0+ / 0-)

        I'm starting to feel sick about the whole thing (again, it's unfortunate I'll have no health care as of July 1). Did I violate her trust by admitting what she said? And it's somewhat embarrassing for me to admit I'm on Medicaid. I wish I kept my mouth shut on this one. Or at least held my fingers back from tapping away on the keyboard.

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        by sloopydrew on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:44:52 PM PDT

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      •  I am so sorry sloopydrew..... (4+ / 0-)
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        I work for the state of Minnesota and I will be out of work July 1st.   I am hoping that the Gov holds his ground but I know it will hurt innocent people like yourself.  I know our union is holding a rally at the state house on Thursday.  I am hoping the R's get a consious and agree to tax increases and avoid a shutdown.

        •  I DESPERATELY hope he holds his ground (8+ / 0-)

          I'll have to cancel my neurology appointment on the 15th. My July 22nd appt. with the cardiologist will also most likely have to be canceled. I'll be paying out of pocket for my meds (which is a fortune). But I would, literally, rather die than see Mark Dayton give another inch on this.  

          This doesn't help the budget. This doesn't help the people of Minnesota. This helps Karl Rove and the richest 1%. Republicans are ruining the quality of life for at least 50% of this country so those whose quality of life couldn't get any better have a little extra money to put in their offshore accounts.

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          by sloopydrew on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:57:45 PM PDT

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        •  I stand with you jojo. You guys get 'um. (0+ / 0-)

          "The bottom line is, we've got to wake up. We can't allow our disappointment in Obama to lull us into allowing a truly dangerous strain of conservative philosophy to gain any more traction than it already has." --ObamOcala 4/5/11

          by smoothnmellow on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 02:05:59 PM PDT

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      •  I think you should turn it into a diary (5+ / 0-)

        These selfish bastards could care less what is happening to anyone who is not wealthy and it is only with personal stories that we will help expose what they are doing.  You are eloquent and the impact on you is compelling.  Sing it loud, sing it strong as they say.

        My nephew is on Medicaid because of the same genetic heart condition I have.  He had a stroke last fall and is in very bad shape.  Guess he needs to go to the hospital if his defibrulator goes off eh? Oh, wait, he can barely walk because of the stroke and he can't drive or talk very well because he could not get the therapy he needed.  

        The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. Molly Ivins

        by MufsMom on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:49:27 PM PDT

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      •  Yes-- please do (2+ / 0-)
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        We need more examples that put faces on the anecdotes. Real stories about real people (as opposed to the made up bullshit used by Republicans) help win over people like your pharmacist friend.

        "Take it easy-- but take it!" --Woody Guthrie

        by Mr Green Jeans on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:55:18 PM PDT

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    •  Wow (2+ / 0-)
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      Sounds like someone finally had to look the human cost of the GOP's asshole ideology in the face, and she found herself uncomfortable with that.

      YES.  It is going to COST LIVES to go with the GOP's progrma.  We all know that.  It's the low-information voters who don't.

      Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

      by slippytoad on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 02:22:45 PM PDT

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    •  There is no shame here! (1+ / 0-)
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      I first registered as a Republican.  I voted for Berry Goldwater in 1964 and Richard Nixon twice.  I really regret the votes for Nixon, because it was he, and not Goldwater, who completely ruined the Republican Party.  This is not to say that Goldwater did not have his flaws, but he did not bring in the Dixiecrats.  This was followed by Reagan bringing in the other nut cases in a coalition with the business interests.  I'll never vote for another Republican again as I don't foresee them returning to the Party of Lincoln, or even of Eisenhower.  There are no Republicans like Mark Hatfield or Margaret Chase Smith left!

      People I know had to be on Medicaid during the last few years of their lives and believe me it saved their family, both physically and mentally. I can imagine the chaos this will cause.   I very much sympathize with the people of Minnesota on this power grab by the GOPERS.

    •  The diary is up! (1+ / 0-)
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      An Inspirational Poem: Follow me on Twitter @Sloopydrew! Tell me you're from DKos and I'll also follow you!

      by sloopydrew on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 03:27:34 PM PDT

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  •  If he doesn't cave (3+ / 0-)

    he should be rewarded with support. Funding and logistics would be nice. Wonder how he is on other issues.
    Might be nice to see him run for Pres in 2012.

    •  Mark is great on every single issue (2+ / 0-)
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      Every.  Single.  Issue.  I am proud to say I have boosted him for this position for years.

      I <3. Mark Dayton.

    •  I don't think Mark wants national (1+ / 0-)
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      office again.   He grew tired of all the travel and campaigning it took to hold his Senate seat and decided not to seek a second term.

      It's great for Minnesota and hopefully he's a model for other Dems across the country.  

    •  as someone said in a previous diary (4+ / 0-)
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      about Dayton-- he wasn't such a great Senator because he lacks the huge ego necessary to contend with that bunch.

      My words: He has been a wonderful surprise. I voted for him, not exactly reluctantly, but without a ton of entusiasm. I had no idea he would be so strong. I call him & email him a lot, thanking him for his stands. His symbolic veto of the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment made me burst into tears when I called & left a message thanking him for it.
      I think I'll call him again tonight & encourage him not to give in one more inch.

      •  I was the same way (0+ / 0-)

         . . . a little leery after his Senatorial term, but he's in the "job of his life", as it were, and he is making his stand.  He is in a position to truly do the right thing.  When I saw what was happening to my home state in January, I was so grateful that Mark Dayton was now our governor.

      •  He has exceeded my expectations also. nt (0+ / 0-)

        Supply follows consumption. You cannot stimulate consumption by crushing the consumer. Deal with it.

        by Zera Lee on Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 03:07:35 AM PDT

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  •  If you live in Minnesota, please call (5+ / 0-)

    Governor Dayton's office and tell him we have his back. I did and they were very grateful.  The number is (651) 201-3400.

    I am so proud to have him as Governor.  The Senate was not his thing, but that liberal fighter is back and in rare form.  This shut down will be devastating, but the long term implications of what the Rethugs want to do will completely decimate this state.  

    Daer Washington Dems, GROW A PAIR.

    The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. Molly Ivins

    by MufsMom on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:44:03 PM PDT

  •  The buses! (1+ / 0-)
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    If this drags on over a month, Metro Transit will run out of cash reserves and will either have to shut down completely or drastically raise fares or a combination of reduced route frequency and smaller increases (probably most likely). And this affects you suburbanites who ride the Light Rail to the Twins game, too. Not just the poor or carless-by-choice. Fortunately, as a disabled vet, I got a golden ticket and ride free at all times (Chicago seems to be the only other city that does this, others may have reduced fares). So the first option would surely suck.

    But they seem to mostly pushing the "you can't camp out in state parks, on the Fourth of July, if this happens" scare tactic on the news.

    "You can't run a country by a book of religion. Dumb all over, a little ugly on the side." Frank Zappa

    by Uosdwis on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:47:33 PM PDT

  •  We are seeing ugly today (4+ / 0-)
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    The Democrats want to fix the budget by raising $1.8 billion of revenue through tax increases on the wealthiest Minnesotans (singles making $150,000+ per year; couples making $250,000+ per year) and by cutting specified areas, such as slightly decreasing the funding of the University of Minnesota and MnSCU. By contrast, the Republicans want to achieve balance by making much more drastic cuts to government services. Amongst a variety of other unpleasant measures, the Republican plan includes deep cuts to state aid, a 6% cut to advocacy programs to abused children and minor parents, a 15% reduction in the state workforce, and a $48 million cut to special education (but who really cares about all that stuff, am I right.

    This isn't just one state...this is happening in a BUNCH of states, y'all.  It's up to us to change this around.  We can't go after anyone but the electorate on this kind of thing.  If this isn't changed, we're gonna see it happening more and more and in a big way.

    That what ya want?  Work, guys...W O R K !!!

    -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

    by r2did2 on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 01:51:01 PM PDT

  •  All Part of Repub Plan (6+ / 0-)

    What we are seeing in the states and DC is a culmination of repub plans for decades.  What plan?  Keep cutting taxes until the popular/badly needed programs have to be slashed and eliminated.

    I often wonder how all those folks must feel that thought they were voting for Guns, God & Gays all those years.  They were duped big time and still we see that there are still average folks who won't cut them lose.  You folks are just as guilty of destroying our country as the repubs are.  

    Don't forger:  Repubs don't care about average folks at all!

  •  Wait a minute... (1+ / 0-)
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    However, your proposal that I agree to forego my $1.8 billion in increased tax revenues, which come entirely from closing corporate tax loopholes

    I was told right here, front and center, by a notable poster here that there are no tax loopholes.

    OMG...I think these people don't know what the heck they're talking about.

    [smark]

    -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

    by r2did2 on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 02:45:58 PM PDT

  •  Looking at the same thing in Iowa as far as I know (1+ / 0-)
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    The similarities are telling.

    Basically, the Republicans from the House keep trying to inject their favorite pet social legislation which had already been defeated in the regular session.  The Republican Governor is holding out for his favorite business tax cuts.

    Understand, we are well in the black as far as the budget is concerned.  The Republicans are pushing cuts for the sake of cuts, not out of budgetary necessity.

  •  just like in every other state w/this problem (1+ / 0-)
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    the stupid fucking republicans biggest source of power are their local RW radio stations- that pro-corporate constituency of 'popular opinion' (that of limbaugh and hannity and beck) that enables the GOP reps and makes excuses for them.

    just as on the national level limbaugh worked for months to convince the tens of millions that people concerned about the consequences of raising the debt ceiling were either idiot dems or GOP traitors working  for obama.

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 04:42:38 PM PDT

  •  I'll probably be out of work come Friday (1+ / 0-)
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    I work for the state and won't find out until Thursday if I'm considered "critical".  90% chance I won't be and will be laid off.  Also a 90% chance of the shutdown happening as far as I can tell.  Dayton won't back down on this - he insists the long term damage due to cuts would be worse than the short term damage of the shutdown.  I back him all the way despite probably ending up on unemployment for a while - most of the state employees back him.  If it weren't for him, we would be in the same boat as Wisconsin without the possibility of recall.

    Imagine a Democrat with spine who ran on a platform of raising taxes on the rich, who said so in debates and in his TV ads.  Imagine if they were all that way.  

    "The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come." - Prior Walter, Angels in America Perestroika, Tony Kushner

    by Vega on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 07:29:03 PM PDT

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