In Saturday session, legislators tackle plenty, but not the budget

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER and BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 14, 2011 - 9:24 PM
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wdntyouknwMay. 14, 11 9:34 PM

Social engineering instead of fiscal responsibility. Welcome to the true colors of the GOP.

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brady51May. 14, 1110:06 PM

if another state has a law, mn.needs the same law right. what a waste.

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delefoneMay. 14, 1110:11 PM

Republicans: Do not mistake the fact that Minnesotans are aware of and are watching as you pass more and more legislation taking away money and rights from average citizens as you give more rights and money to business owners and executives. .... We can see what you are doing and we will vote you out of office for doing it.

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amrichaMay. 14, 1110:15 PM

The GOP is using blue print legislation from the party hacks in the sky. Whether or not we need the legislation, we will get it. Talk about waste- you know there is going to be a special session to deal with the budget- and I say we need a huge out cry that we will not pay for it. They had plenty of time to deal with the budget. Instead they played with the social issues they said with straight faces they would not introduce- it was jobs jobs and the budget.

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toohardMay. 14, 1110:20 PM

let me see if I have this right, the GOP has found a way to go after the gays, make sure we can all shoot more people legally, stop us from suing in six years, other states have four so we should too, and once again took money away from universities that educate our state. are they afraid of the budget???? are they stalling so they can pull a fast one on us???

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wildfoxMay. 14, 1110:21 PM

If the GOP pushes Minnesota into a special session they should lose some of their pay. They have wasted precious legislative time on non budget issues like abortion, voter id fraud, guns, gay marriage, English language etc ... all issues that will be vetoed. If anything these issues would cost MInnesotans MORE MONEY! The party of "lesser/smaller government" is a fraud at best!

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scottyhomerMay. 14, 1111:10 PM

The budget should have been the Republicans first priority, and not an afterthought. We're halfway through May and they still don't have a budget plan. The only thing they've accomplished is admitting that their original savings were fictional, which the rest of us already knew. This reminds me so much of last fall, when Emmer finally came up with a proposed financial plan, that was a grand total of one page in length. The rest of the Republicans have apparently followed suit.

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bobajoulMay. 15, 1112:08 AM

Take a look at the governme nt reorganization bill, they want to eliminate MNDot. They do too much "social design". That means mass transit, which means they hate the poor. So let's total it up-republicans hate gays,poor Democrats, teachers, children,government and the elderly. What does that leave? Apparently they hate anything and anybody nor Republicsn. This isn't legislating, it is rule by force.

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sundooberMay. 15, 11 6:27 AM

But, we Minnesotans were clamoring for protection for marriages, unborn children, cutting poor people off health care so they die faster and don't cost us any more money. WHAT? we weren't? We were really looking for fixes for our budget mess, jobs, and better health care? Did we forget to ask the republicans what they were going to do, or did they LIE to us? If these liars are not voted out in 2012 because most of MN does not turn out to vote like last year, shame on us.

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RF6700May. 15, 11 6:41 AM

"let me see if I have this right, the GOP has found a way to go after the gays, make sure we can all shoot more people legally, stop us from suing in six years, other states have four so we should too, and once again took money away from universities that educate our state." ****** No, you have it wrong. Allowing Minnesotan's to decide whether or not we want to change the definition of marriage is not "going after the gays", that's nonsense. And making it harder to prosecute homeowners for defending themselves against violent criminals annoys anti-gun rights liberals, but it's the right thing to do. And the U of M's budget is FULL OF WASTEFUL SPENDING. Why shouldn't they have to trim the fat like everyone else?

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