Dayton faces opportunity and peril in coming year

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 8, 2013 - 6:27 AM

The session starting Tuesday is loaded with challenges.

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lindaspyJan. 5, 1310:25 PM

I trust Gov. Dayton and the DFL to make decisions that will make Minnesota work for all of us!

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mdachsJan. 5, 1310:59 PM

lindaspy - you can count on trusting Dayton and the DFL to make our state even less business and taxpayer friendly! Just start writing the state government checks! Be sure that you have a large supply!!!

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drawthehackJan. 5, 1311:00 PM

lindaspy, pffffft

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bootsy07Jan. 6, 13 2:04 AM

Sure, we need revenue to pay our existing obligations and deal with a deficit. But when I see public Union boss Seide salivating over "new revenue", I find it very concerning and depressing. An unbridled DFL legislature and Governor will find it only too easy to lard up that loyal constituency with ever more tax payer dollars.

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comment229Jan. 6, 13 5:07 AM

"With hundreds of skilled lobbyists roaming the Capitol, Dayton said, it can be hard for legislators to stand fast -- particularly the dozens of new ones." Then this is where we should be begin; pass an anti-lobbying law first and then enforce it with huge fines.

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comment229Jan. 6, 13 5:08 AM

I will tell you the first place to start cutting. Instead of remodeling the governor's mansion, a totally outdated concept, sell it. Save the remodeling cost, and instead gain the income from the sale. Watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.

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comment229Jan. 6, 13 5:10 AM

Davids seems to speak for the republicans but says nothing. Why doesn't he publish a complete and specific list of the areas of government that he would cut? I hear silence.

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aonealphaJan. 6, 13 6:05 AM

Where are the facts? The tax increase that Dayton wants will raise between $500 million and $1 billion in the next fiscal cycle. With a deficit of $1.1 Billion and schools being owed $1.1 billion, that does not come close to closing the gap. Either taxes/fees are going up on the rest of us as well or spend reductions are needed. Simple math - but I see nothing about this reported in the story!

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marcymmbJan. 6, 13 8:09 AM

Why tax the rich more the federal government already will be doing that, it is absoulutely ridiculous. Don't worry though Dayton is so far into the unions he will give them whatever they want.

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pager55387Jan. 6, 13 8:43 AM

Two words: Tax Hikes

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