Dayton's chief of staff: The governor's budget is sound

  • Article by: TINA FLINT SMITH
  • Updated: February 9, 2013 - 6:24 PM

Needed investments can't happen without revenue. An honest solution includes it.

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myob_STFeb. 9, 13 6:48 PM

I work in government, and I know that my colleagues and I work hard to "buy smart" when we buy goods and services - looking for economies of scale, getting good bids, making sure we identify the tails of a contract. But I have to say that I cast a jaundiced eye at the numbers being thrown around by both sides. We save a billion here, spend two billion there - no one can nail those numbers down. It's discouraging that among our efforts to buy smart, we don't also find ways to report smart on what we spend and what we save. Surely, there's got to be a better way. Ideas?

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jpcooperFeb. 9, 1311:00 PM

Tina "We welcome ideas on how to balance the budget and reform government. But if "reform" is just another way to say "cut government" or "no new taxes," we won't get very far. Minnesota has tried that approach for the last 10 years"

Here are 2 ideas you have not tried #1 Cut LGA $700M saved. The State government has no business funding local government. Those city services should be funded by the cities tax revenue of sales tax and property tax. #2 Cut the Renters Property Tax rebate. $300M . Its a tax rebate on a tax the State never collected and the renter never paid!

There you go, Budget is balanced by cutting 2 Liberal wealth redistribution programs the State has no business doing in the first place!

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MN's loneliest REPFeb. 10, 13 7:50 AM

Tina, are you REALLY touting savings of $12M from Lean programs as a success ? In an organization the size of the State of MN you saved $12M...and that's your example. Get a clue ! Do us one more favor...show us how much 'new revenue' you are proposing compared to how much 'wasteful spending' you intend to cut. Right now it's at a ratio of about 10 to 1. Meaning for every $10 in new revenue your demanding, you can only come up with $1 in spending cuts....that doesn't sound very much like a 'balanced' approach. Tina, you and Mark are going to drive more businesses out of Minnesota with your plans.

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elmore1Feb. 10, 13 9:03 AM

The private sector constantly has to reorganize, reengineer and improve their goods and services to stay competitive. Yes, we also cut dead wood whenever possible. The scale of reform produced by the state is miniscule compared to their budget and the opportunity. Assuming that existing govt spending is already optimized and the ONLY solution is to tax everything and that the government drives the economy is laughable.

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speedgibsonFeb. 10, 1312:19 PM

Like most, I dislike people who take all the credit for others' work, like the Governor is doing with the GOP-led, bi-partisan permitting and IT reform last term? I also don't like how his "fairness" rhetoric too often lapses into name calling, even if it does concede the argument. This isn't classy, and it's certainly not leadership.

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lesluethmersFeb. 10, 13 6:28 PM

Their is nothing sound about this Governor

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grumpy42Feb. 11, 13 8:09 AM

The Governors budget is sound. I hope it is soundly defeated.

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kindaliberalFeb. 11, 1312:40 PM

Republicans were soundly defeated in 2012. That's reality.

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