Losing 'non-essential' services hurts

  • Article by: James Walsh, Jean Hopfensperger and Maura Lerner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 3, 2011 - 12:02 AM

The shutdown has cut funding for thousands of Minnesotans' quality of life -- from child care to housing help.

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DmcartyJul. 2, 11 6:52 PM

GOP - you should be ashamed that protecting people with great means - is more important to you that people in the shadows.

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tvzzJul. 2, 11 7:46 PM

Dayton and the DFL, you should be ashamed of your spending greed!

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kinsleyJul. 2, 11 7:52 PM

More statist propaganda from the Star Tribune. Maybe all of Governor Dayton's friends and family, instead of funding North Korean style propiganda furthering his life long of a people's utopia, can fund these poor blind people.

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A_DavisJul. 2, 11 9:23 PM

To the extremist GOP in MN, anything that doesn't benefit the wealthy is not essential. As a true conservative, I've been persuaded by their radical devotion to ideology to vote Democrat in 2012.

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okiegopherJul. 2, 11 9:56 PM

Of course there will be those who reply with the Horatio Alger bit...they just need to buck up and pull themselves up by their boots blah blah blah or die and decrease the surplus population. It doesn't ring true until you've walked a mile in their shoes. Ever hear the phrase, "There but for the grace of God go I..."? How close we have almost all come - within a hair's breadth, a close call, a lucky twist of fate that saved us - but some don't appreciate it and give all the credit to .... themselves!

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wildfoxJul. 2, 1111:28 PM

GOP doesnt' worry about these type of problems because they have the money to pay for services needed as they get a tax break for being rich! The thought that GOP doesn't care if the sick and disabled people will not receive the care they need is disgusting. Surly GOP will fight for their corporate pals and rich buddies instead.

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forhawkeyesJul. 3, 1112:06 AM

Thanks, Mark!

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ganniecaJul. 3, 1112:20 AM

There are at least 11 known members of MN Legislature that are members of A.L.E.C. If you look at the leaked memo the Republican's list of required bills that Gov Dayton sign, you will see the similar bills on the A.L.E.C website proving that it is Corporations and outside money and influence that these MN Republicans are representing and not the people of MN. Members of A.L.E.C believe there is profit they can get from making Government services onto Private run services. Like prisons, schools, etc... You can also Youtube A.L.E.C events and speeches. Last year A.L.E.C member and Gov candidate Tom Emmer used A.L.E.C. written bill to push for privatizing prisons in MN. Here is a list of MN A.L.E.C. members. They are trained to stay on A.L.E.C talking points and why their speeches match those of other GOP Legislative members in other states. MN A.L.E.C members. Sen. Mike Parry (R) Sen. John Sterling Howe (R) Sen. Chris Gerlach (R) Rep. Paul Anderson (R) Rep. Mike Benson (R) Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R) Rep. Sondra Erickson (R) Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (R) 2011 Chair Person. Rep. Joyce Peppin (R) Rep. LInda Runbeck (R) Rep. Ron Shimanski (R) By ALEC’s own statements “45%” of ALEC members are ‘private sector’ members, and ‘public sector’ members, who pay minimal annual dues are only 1% of ALEC revenue 'donations' of their $7 Million budget, all paid for 'donated' by major US corporations, and the mega-rich like the Koch brothers. “This bill makes it perfectly clear that Minnesota Republicans choose to protect big business and insurance companies rather than defend the rights of Minnesotans,” said Sen. Latz. (DFL)

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forpeopleJul. 3, 11 3:15 AM

The Republicans demand that there be funding for a Viking's stadium and low taxes for the rich while ordinary citizens are left to starve or whatever. Cruel? The face of evil? It certainly seems so. The Republicans want to return to the Middle Ages when the poor were thrown in unfunded prisons and left to die.

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patrickjdJul. 3, 11 4:35 AM

More proof that all Dayton cares about is winning back a DFL majority legislature. He doesn't care if anyone in the state has to suffer for it.

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