DFL legislators focus on finances

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2013 - 9:53 PM

Balanced budget, funding for education among priorities.

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arspartzJan. 9, 1310:22 PM

It looks like their focus is on increasing spending, including NEW spending. We already have a budget deficit. How about dealing with that first!

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avejoeconJan. 9, 1310:25 PM

Here is a clue. Giving more away for Free is NOT building the middle class! Neither is taxing and spending! CUT THE WASTE! CUT THE WASTE. Then....Maybe....CUT THE WASTE!

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elmore1Jan. 9, 1311:41 PM

Deal with the state deficit first. Anything left over can be used for new programs.

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augsburg54Jan. 10, 13 1:34 AM

The fact of the matter is that our state does not have a revenue problem...we have a spending problem...the same as our nation. We cannot continue to create an entitlement society built on the backs of 53% of Americans while 47% contribute zero in federal income taxes. The same goes at the state level. According to Democrats, MC Hammer who blew over $100 million dollars in just four years didn't have a spending problem, he just didn't make enough money. Stop the nonsense and stop the spending. We cannot afford it. Cut the military, cut the farm subsidies, cut the entitlements, increase the retirement age, have reasonable public employee pay and pensions and live within your means Congress and the Legislature. We (the taxpayer) can no longer afford this wreck-less spending as a way of buying votes on BOTH sides of the aisle.

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drfranktJan. 10, 13 7:06 AM

"DFL legislators focus on finances"...Liberal speak for we're going to focus on your finances to figure out how much more we can take to finance SEIU, AFSCME, our vaunted social programs, and our per-diem. Hang on to your wallets and purses folks. With a DFL House, Senate and Governor, money's gonna be flying out of your accounts, but remember, it's for the kids, it's for the poor and middle class, it's for gun control, it's for the public unions, it's for...anything they want it for and when it runs out, they'll just take more.

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formergopJan. 10, 13 7:28 AM

More refreshing news from our lawmakers. Instaed of abortion, right to work, marriage amendments, voter suppression, and tax breaks for the wealthy.

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palsarJan. 10, 13 7:29 AM

"...restore fairness to the state's tax system." -- How is penelizing one group fair? How is making MN the highest income taxed state fair? Fair would be a flat tax that everybody pays.

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lawyerguyJan. 10, 13 8:15 AM

I didn't realize the strib published press releases. I assume this article was drafted by a DFL party hack. That explains why the DFL objective was to "restore fairness" to the state tax system--as opposed say to "raising taxes to increase revenue." Similarly, the voter ID amendment would have "forced" Minnesotans to obtain and present "government ID" and the marriage amendment would have "installed a ban on same sex marriage" (actually that ban already occured with a 1970s Minnesota Supreme Court decision). Each of these slanted phrases appeared without quotations, falsely implying they represented an even handed and uniform consensus. Obviously, only a political operative would have done so. I am appalled that the usually fair and objective mainstream media could make such an error and become hijacked for a partisan cause. I am sure this is an aberration and not evidence of bias.

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callmeronJan. 10, 13 8:44 AM

Funding for education = giving already overpaid teachers even more salary and benefits so the money collected in the form of union dues will be directed to helping Democrats get elected. Teaching is a part-time job. 6 - 7 hours per day, holiday breaks, summers off. A St. Paul Pioneer Press study conducted a few years ago found that almost ALL of the money collected from tax levy increases for schools goes into the pockets of teachers and administrators in the form of higher pay and benefits with almost NONE of it reaching the students. Did you know that? Sensible people do.

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jackpinesavJan. 10, 13 8:54 AM

So what is wrong with paying back local school districts (read property tax payers) for $$$$ withheld last 2 years, that required districts to take out bank loans to operate?

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