Minnesota Legislature's 2013 legacy: Why?

  • Article by: DAVID C. OLSON
  • Updated: May 21, 2013 - 8:37 PM

Why did DFL leaders seek more government at higher cost? Why didn’t they listen to our suggestions?

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drfranktMay. 21, 13 9:00 PM

Why, you ask...because they are democrats and it is what they do. They are beholding to their masters, the unions, for support provided during the campaigns. They had to provide their promised paybacks on the backs of the uninformed voters. It makes no difference of their promises, it only matters that the unions received the promised paybacks!

wulffie22May. 21, 13 9:15 PM

Overreaching is not a strong enough word to describe what happened in this past session. Was there anything they did that benefitted everyone or was it all for special interest groups?

mgtwinsfan1987May. 21, 13 9:19 PM

Simple answer. It is called governing. Your party has done nothing for 10 years but create gridlock. Result--permanent budget messes, underfunded programs, drops in ratings across the board. Quality of life decreases, MN nice disappears. All in the name of no new taxes. You lost--get over it. If you can make your case with the public, win some elections, take total control, and rule yourself. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. You refused to lead, you didn't follow, now we got out of your way.

supervon2May. 21, 13 9:47 PM

It has nothing to do with common sense-it's all based on "in your face" like little bully kids on a playground. Notice that the biggest bully is a Union leader-that should give a clue of what you are dealing with.

pumiceMay. 21, 13 9:50 PM

"Why didn't the Minnesota Legislature listen to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's suggestions?" asks the president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Apparently David C. Olson defines "listen" as "adopt" because his commentary also notes that "House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, at our invitation, met with our board of directors on Dec. 5.... Chamber leaders also met with Dayton’s chief of staff on Feb. 19 to lay out alternatives to spending increases. From session start to session end, our staff and members worked with elected officials..." So then, elected officials did listen to the Chamber. Apparently, there's a difference of opinion on the best way "to grow [and strengthen] the state’s economy ... to improve the lives of all Minnesotans", including the lives of middle class small businesspeople and workers.

mikehessMay. 21, 1310:05 PM

Unfortunately it appears the budget process was not a matter of raising just enough tax revenue to close needed gaps, but rather "how much can we get". Undoubtably some DFL'rs left the session wishing they had gotten that one additional tax, pushed for even more revenue. Maybe next time.

chuckdancerMay. 21, 1311:20 PM

I think the reason the boys didn't get their way this time around is that they believe 600 million dollar deficits are ok to have and Minnesotans disagree.

mdachsMay. 22, 1312:41 AM

I know the answer to this question! Dayton and many, if not most, of the DFL legislators want to retire from governing, because they know that they would not be re-elected in the 2014 elections! They are all plannig new careers in the private sector. Great job, Dayton and the DFL - thank you.

texas_technomanMay. 22, 13 3:20 AM

Hey, Chamber..."turning back the clock" is what the GOP has been trying to do for years....like to 1950 on social issues. If you have the time, read the Ernst & Young study on "overall taxation" of businesses. When you take them all in perspective Mn is not the most expensive place to do business....not even close. Sure, I'm not happy to have to pay higher income taxes; but I've lived in those low tax states, you get what you pay for. I moved back!

goldengoph3rMay. 22, 13 4:57 AM

Mr. Olson, with all due respect, your suggestions were heard [as Pumice pointed out]. They weren't passed into law this time around. The DFL has the majority right now and wants to go with their plan.


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