Dayton, legislative leaders seek session exit strategy

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 17, 2012 - 9:31 PM

With an eye on the calendar and fresh memories of last year's state shutdown, both sides are looking at tax breaks, job creation.

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Wally_99Apr. 17, 12 9:49 PM

The state shouldn't borrow anything to put itself more in debt. It should slash spending. Until we get a governor who understands that fact, gridlock is preferred. Wisconsin's outcome will be a boilerplate for the whole country - collapse of the currency, such as what's going on in Europe, or saving what credibility we left in our fiat currency.

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zekefaxApr. 17, 1210:50 PM

Hume you may as well go home. There will be no compromise. The best exit strategy would be to send the entire legislature to the South Pole and rule by constitutional amendment! (We should create a reality show about this Polar adventure as it will provide us with lots of laughs and insight as to just how moral and ethical these people are). No more legislature! Only a governor to sign things into law. We can then do away with all pension and health care expenses now and forever for all these dingbats. (Let all of these people purchase the same health care that the 99% can buy.) Next we do the same thing with Congress. Heck more than half of them are millionaires anyway let them take care of themselves like we do.

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lgren5735Apr. 17, 1211:11 PM

Racino could keep a large agricultural segment of the economy in place, save thousands of jobs, pay for the Vikings stadium, and repay a sizable portion of the school shift. It could do all that without raising anyone's taxes. And 80% of Minnesotans are in favor! Whose interests are our legislators watching out for?

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sjhuotApr. 17, 1211:14 PM

Yeah, Wally. How about instead if the legislature acted like adults and realized that their job is not to represent their party, but to work for the best interests of the state of Minnesota. We have to stop supporting this partisan bickering and gridlock and support individuals who will legislate and govern, rather than just follow their particular party's talking points. If you want to be a political operative, work for the DFL or Republicans. If you want to be a Senator or Representative, than do what is best for the state!

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gop2darkagesApr. 17, 1211:46 PM

"***Until we get a governor who understands that fact, gridlock is preferred ..." by morons."

"Wisconsin's outcome will be a boilerplate for the whole country - collapse of the currency ...." Say what??? Wisconsin might be a template for something -- most probably an example of Tea Party stupidity in all of its ignominious glory.

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mjlordApr. 18, 1212:37 AM

Golly, the Vikings stadium bill is, or I should say, was all about job creation and economic stimulation....what happened with that idea? Our politicians bumbling away again. Vote them all OUT this coming election.

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SportswizApr. 18, 12 6:22 AM

Without a stadium, all Minnesotans better get used to lower paychecks...when the Vikings leave...Tax revenue from players (40-50 million a year- Gone, Hotel & restaurant revenue from game days- Gone..Hosting Future Superbowl (50-100 million in revenue)- gone Unless our government decides to decrease their size to bare bones necessity---we will have to cover those shortfalls.

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tomstromieApr. 18, 12 8:41 AM

"Without a stadium, all Minnesotans better get used to lower paychecks...when the Vikings leave"

New dollars are not manufactured by sports teams, only the current dollars are re-allocated to your choice of entertainment. Stay or go, the dollars in Minnesota will remain constant.

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quincy7981Apr. 18, 12 9:25 AM

I will be voting against all incumbants in November based entirely on the State shutdown last year and the inability to get a stadium bill through. Primarily due to the shutdown. I would encourage others to do the same, and I hope voters don't forget that ridiculous party-line grandstanding garbage (shutdown brinksmanship), but unfortunately they will.

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mkesselrockApr. 18, 12 9:27 AM

"New dollars are not manufactured by sports teams, only the current dollars are re-allocated to your choice of entertainment. Stay or go, the dollars in Minnesota will remain constant." This is wholly inaccurate and narrow minded tomstromie. People from out-state Minnesota and the five state area come to Minnesota and spend their money here when the Vikings.Not to mention the thousands of people who come to watch the visiting team. If the Vikings are not here those entertainment dollars may well be spent but not necessarily in Minnesota. Add the lost revenue of payroll taxes of the athletes and you absolutely have a lost of dollars.

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