Why so down about a budget surplus?

  • Article by: KEITH DOWNEY
  • Updated: October 7, 2012 - 6:54 PM

A recent Lori Sturdevant column had the feel of an ideological ambush.

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psc56stribOct. 7, 12 7:16 PM

When you make a mockery of the MN Constitution's balanced budget requirement by borrowing from future revenue (the tobacco bonds) and by borrowing from the schools (the school shift) any claim about a 'surplus' is simply more dishonesty.

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SUMMITOct. 7, 12 8:35 PM

any time republicans especially Downey are confronted by facts, they run for the media bias excuse or trot our the "socialist" hate campaign.

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alaskanredOct. 7, 12 9:47 PM

They have their own reality. You challenge it and instead of thinking they just repeat a talking point with more made up fact that must come from the planet Kolob.

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elmore1Oct. 8, 12 8:21 AM

A key point that I take away and agree with is that the Strib Editorial Board frequently bends over backwards to sensationalize liberal viewpoints. I don't get it when almost 50% of the readers are either cons or moderates....

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mark44Oct. 8, 12 8:32 AM

Sorry Downey, even Republicans aren't buying the 'Pawlenty math' excuses anymore.

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wildblueOct. 8, 12 9:10 AM

Nobody plays the victim card better than Keith Downey. That liberal media is picking on me again. Edina would be smart to make a different choice in November.

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gandalf48Oct. 8, 12 9:20 AM

Isn't the only reason that the funding was increased because the governor shut the government down and refused to negotiate? Then he demanded higher funding which had to be shifted from the schools. Sorry but the governor gets most of the blame for the actual shutdown and the legislature and governor share the blame for the cost shifting. In the end the whole government shutdown and cost shift was a great political move for the governor...he knew that he wasn't up for election for 4 years while the legislature was up in only 2 years. Strategic shutdown and cost shift...nice, what won't the left do to get their people elected?

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camurphy66Oct. 8, 12 2:18 PM

How can anyone claim we're running a 1.2 billion dollar surplus when we still owe 2 billion to the schools? Not to mention we're looking at another estimated $4 billion plus dollar deficit during the next biennium. Can anyone in the GOP do basic arithmetic these days?

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checkfactsOct. 8, 12 2:45 PM

The Republican agenda of thinking (and convincing) some Minnesotans that they are stupid, continues. Downey states, "The state budget surplus is real and in the bank -- at the state and in our schools." - - - FALSE!!! It is a FORECAST! That means if the numbers collected and spent hold to the new expectations, the revenues will exceed the spending by the forecasted amount by end of the biennium on June 30, 2013. If things go badly, the forecasted surplus could go away. Downey and Republicans play the public as unsophisticated idiots as they did in previous years. An important point to remember is that inflation is allowed and included in revenues, but not spending. The Department knows the spending forecast number is misleading and always adds a footnote to include inflation. Thanks to Pawlenty who vetoed several bills in order to set up this deception.

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gandalf48Oct. 8, 12 2:47 PM

camurphy66 - [How can anyone claim we're running a 1.2 billion dollar surplus when we still owe 2 billion to the schools? Not to mention we're looking at another estimated $4 billion plus dollar deficit during the next biennium. Can anyone in the GOP do basic arithmetic these days?] *** You do realize that the GOP wants to pay back the schools with that surplus and it's Dayton who is resisting. Once again it's a strategic political move to hold up the schools and say we owe them 2 billion when we could easily pay that down to 800 million today. Where's your outrage at governor Dayton for holding up the school pay back?

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