Time apart hasn’t lessened the rigid divide

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 7, 2011 - 6:41 AM

Dug-in feet make wiggle room for a solution hard to come by.

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mankato58Jul. 4, 11 9:29 PM

All we hear is cuts cuts cuts. How can a $2 billion spending increase be a cut? Gov. Dayton, quit whining about tax increases, accept the increased spending, and negotiate the details!

righteeeoooJul. 4, 11 9:38 PM

Total State Expenditures History directly from the Minnesota Spending and Management Department archives www.mmb.state.mn.us/doc/budget/report-spend/nov10.pdf :

1990 = $10.0 billion…

1995 = $13.5 billion…

2000 = $17.6 billion…

2005 = $23.3 billion…

2010 =$ 28.4 billion

Over 20 years that is a 184% increase in Minnesota State Spending !!!

In the last 20 years the government’s consumer price index from bls.gov/cpi/ has increased by a total of 66%.

So the bottom line is that Minnesota state spending over the last 20 years has increased by 184% while inflation was at 66%,

What do we get for our money… Overpaid state workers; A vast number of people on entitlements; And Bogus social programs that benefit no one.

Unfortunately the Democrats do NOT like to deal with facts… It confuses them… They are much more comfortable with propaganda, innuendos and rhetoric !!!!

joedanaborJul. 4, 11 9:49 PM

I was really worried that the rich people would not have enough caviar. Thanks to the teapublicans I can cross that off the list. I will sleep much better knowing that.

thesnackerJul. 4, 11 9:49 PM

Ahem. I recently heard the Citizens' League discuss the middle ground they are hearing from Minnesota constituents when they are given real context and real facts about the need for economic reform. Please - Star Tribune - provide some facts about what the locked in positions will mean to people, today and five or ten years into the future when changing demographics will change. Sorry ... I've held out until now and have not criticized the media. But, I have come to believe, cynically I admit, that the local media is part of the impasse, in that it reports to incite rather than to inform. One piece of evidence is that the more inappropriate a politician's comment (Weiner, Bachmann, etc.) the more front page coverage they get. Suffice it to say, I didn't learn about the Citizens' League via online press coverage. BTW - once given context about the woes of our state, constituents turn to a balanced approach of tax increases and expense cut backs.

wildfoxJul. 4, 11 9:50 PM

30,000+ thousand people lost jobs last week over the "DON"T TAX THE RICH" mantra. Let's bet in the next election some of the laid off workers vote for dems once they see how quick you can go broke when money becomes tight, taxing the rich will look much better to them then!

govt4peopleJul. 4, 11 9:51 PM

There was no plan to discuss the budget over the long weekend. Anyone knows that. My...this is provocative journalism!!! Wow!!!

chuckdancerJul. 4, 11 9:53 PM

In Minnesota the Governor tells the peoples' elected representatives what they should do and they are expected to follow those orders. I don't know why these people think that when King Timmy left the state the rules changed.

sbuffalo45Jul. 4, 11 9:53 PM

Greedy millionaires acting like they want to keep our money! Hand it over, so we can keep the Minnesota social justice train on its tracks!

llinmplsJul. 4, 11 9:55 PM

Interesting points righteeeoo, since the government seems to only grow, just like everything else on this planet maybe just maybe we can quit having the lions share of support on the backs of the working poor and the super-duper rich slobs that make 40 - 50K.

localguyJul. 4, 11 9:59 PM

My family and I have been blessed. We're not rich, by any means, but we'd happily pay an additional 1% in sales tax if it went to those less fortunate than ourselves.


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