Short take: An early bet on GOP in budget in stalemate

  • Article by: JILL BURCUM and D.J. TICE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 1, 2011 - 4:59 PM

The state government shutdown is a high-stakes political gamble for Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican legislative majority.

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wbgleasonJul. 1, 11 4:14 PM

Surely, you jest. Either the GOP agrees to new revenue now, or in 2012 there will be a LOT more revenue, including tax increases for the wealthy, a Dayton position overwhelmingly supported by the voters. People are tired of the destruction of the state that has been done in the last ten years. Regardless of the outcome on the current budget, the GOP will return to minority status in 2012.

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ranger78Jul. 1, 11 4:19 PM

As with the bus strikes of years past, the majority of people will not be negatively impacted by the shut down. Yes, some folks will feel the pinch, but most will not. The bigger question is why did Dayton shut it down when he said during the campaign he wouldn't. Oh yeah, politicians say a lot of things they never really mean.

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EviJul. 1, 11 4:32 PM

Hold on Governor - please don't let the GOP turn us into another taken-over state...don't let them ruin Minnesota with their love for only themselves. I we hold out, we can regain our State.

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jpcooperJul. 1, 11 4:38 PM

This is all on Governor Shutdown!

1. He campaigned that he would not shutdown the State over a tax hike on the 2%

2. He vetoed a Balanced Budget pass by 201 elected House and Senate members

He refused to call a Special Session

He refused to consider a "lights on" Budget Bill to avoid the Shutdown

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RedGuyInBlueStateJul. 1, 11 4:38 PM

That's not exactly going out on a limb. Democrats count on government to provide them with money they don't earn and to tell them what to eat and how to live. They can't take care of themselves. Republicans, on the other hand, are mostly self-sufficient, and my guess is most won't even notice the government has shut down.

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SupervonJul. 1, 11 4:39 PM

Why does the DFL want us to look like Greece in a few years? Failure is not an option except in Dayton land.

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dmahillJul. 1, 11 4:39 PM

Maybe Gov Dayton might take some advice from Abe Lincoln: "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." Abe Lincoln

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jarlmnJul. 1, 11 4:49 PM

" ... the black eye the shutdown’s given the state nationally" What black eye? Folks are looking to Minnesota as a model of fiscal responsibility. The only ones getting the black eye is the tax & spend DLF. As usual with DJ and Jill, much hang-wringing and scaremongering over nuthin.

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wcentralJul. 1, 11 4:53 PM

This is a reiteration of the Republicans, the Tea partiers and the Taxpayer's League, who behind the scenes made it known at the session outset they were going to shut government down for 3 weeks, after which Dayton would cave in to damages done to government workers. Dayton has the ethics, the honesty and concern for Minnesotans, not the Taxpayer's League. Kudos to the governor and the government workers, hang in there and turn the despicable course of the anti government, anti Minnesota, Republicans led fiasco around.

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shebbaJul. 1, 11 5:08 PM

I am tired of entitlement programs also. I am tired of the rich thinking they are entitled not to pay taxes. Someone suggested that if the rich get taxed then everyone should also. That person needs to get out of the house more, who do you think takes it in the rear time and time again or maybe you could care less that the middle class has always carried you. GOP - your new revenue idea- healthcare surcharge - who do you think that would get passed on down to - the middle class again!! One more thing legislatures, you and your staff get off this board, stop stirring the pot and get back to work!!!

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