Dayton offer goes nowhere

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 12, 2011 - 8:51 AM

The governor offered to drop "tax the rich" in favor of other tax increases. GOP didn't bite.

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officertruthJul. 11, 11 9:45 PM

GOP gave Dayton a budget six weeks beofre the session ended and he did nothing with it until a day or so before it ended. He has wanted this shutdown since before he was elected.

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jimmywestoneJul. 11, 11 9:49 PM

Can't wait for 2012 when there will be a lot of the republican legislature saying "would you like fries with that" at their new jobs.

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atmplsmnJul. 11, 11 9:52 PM

GOP says Dayton is missing the point. Not too surprising, since they keep moving it.

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nicolaswillJul. 11, 11 9:53 PM

How many people reading this oppose taxing the top 1%? How many? Please vote so we can find out.

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bellamn16Jul. 11, 11 9:53 PM

The republicans are the ones who don't get it: compromise means countering an offer, not constantly rejecting the one being given.

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clnorthJul. 11, 11 9:57 PM

atmplsmn. The point is that revenue is already up 12% in their budget. Live with it. It isn't like there is an actual cut to state spending. Seems like a lot of pain for a lot of people for not much gain.

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hoser212Jul. 11, 11 9:58 PM

Why wasn't a 9% or more increase over the 2009-2010 2-year budget enough? It is time for state and federal governments to live within the amounts that they raise, instead of continually asking for more, more, more. Most people would be ecstatic with a 9% raise over this year and next from their 200-2010 income. How come it is never enough for government?

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ginny6Jul. 11, 11 9:59 PM

No, THEY'RE missing the point! Minnesotans want a fair and balanced resolution - right now the upper tier pays a lower tax rate than the middle class - make them pay what we pay! The Republican all-cuts budget is barbaric!

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ginny6Jul. 11, 1110:00 PM

Tax the rich and get this overwith

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Mark27Jul. 11, 1110:01 PM

Within the next two weeks, this shutdown will be resolved with complete Dayton and DFL capitulation paired with picking off a half dozen "moderate" Republicans in both houses to agree to some insanely high predatory tax increase on cigarette smokers. I choreographed this outcome way back in November and expect that every budget crisis in the future of Minnesota will be resolved by mortgaging the state's budget even further on the sale of tobacco which is already selling at a more than 1,000% tax-inflated markup of its market value. When this year's $1.75 (or whatever it ends up being) cigarette tax hike yields plunging cigarette sales, this year's $5 billion deficit becomes next year's $7 billion deficit. Solution....you got it....they'll raise cigarette taxes again in the second week of next year's shutdown...this time another $2.50 a pack...because government can no longer agree on any other solution. And then when cigarette sales plummet further, the 2012 deficit of $7 billion becomes the 2013 deficit of $10 billion. Starting to notice a pattern here?

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