Taking credit for state's budget surplus

  • Article by: D.J. TICE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2011 - 4:20 PM

Who doesn't love an economic uptick? The politicians sure do. They always take credit, whether they deserve to or not.

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ranger78Dec. 3, 11 2:41 PM

So just which policy or policies of Dayton's led to the surplus? I don't recall any of his tax increases passing. I don't recall any of his legislative initiatives garnering large revenue increases. Dayton has no grounds to crow about the surplus.

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pengelDec. 3, 11 3:00 PM

If one reads the report you'll see that the "uptick" is due to lower spending for medical assistance--something that Pawlenty was criticized widely for....turns out it was a pretty good idea...

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hawkeye56379Dec. 3, 11 3:03 PM

There is no "continuing economic recession". A recession is a part of the economic cycle in which the economy shrinks rather than grows. The US economy shrank from December of 2007 through June of 2009. It has grown now for the last 29 months.

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cheltyDec. 3, 11 5:01 PM

So hawkeye, does that mean we skipped the depression and jumped into prosperity? Or did we move back into contraction? If we're not in a recession, we have to be in one of the other three. Regardless, I agree with the author's premise that Bush can't continue to be blamed for the past three years' economy and Dayton can't be fully credited with the current estimated surplus.

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commiefalconDec. 3, 11 5:24 PM

Just shows if the Gov't would just leave it alone the economy will straighten itself out.

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lylewoodDec. 3, 11 5:28 PM

Thankfully we have a Democrat Governor and a Democrat President to lead us out of the mess that Bush and his rich republican cronies left us with. Knowing how to use good Keynesian intervention is what the Democrats know how to do--the republicans use our fiscal and monetary system to line the pockets of the rich. Profligate tax cutting, budget cutting and lack of regulation has made this mess, the Democrats will clean it up.

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mondaveauDec. 3, 11 5:30 PM

So the guy that wanted to spend more and was beat back from this position wants to claim credit? Either this man is incredibly stupid or dishonest beyond description. Which trait would you like to see in a governor?

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RossbergDec. 3, 11 5:45 PM

Of course, now that there is a surplus Gov. Dayton will work even harder to give it to the Vikings.

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hawkeye56379Dec. 3, 11 6:14 PM

Chelty: It means exactly what I said. We have had GDP growth since July of 2009. Growth has not been as strong as we would like, but we are recovering from the most severe economic downturn since the Depression.

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greenbax60Dec. 3, 11 8:16 PM

Never mind the bullocks

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