DFL and GOP dissect one-party Minnesota legislative session

  • Article by: Jim Ragsdale , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 21, 2013 - 11:20 PM

The two parties saw it as either “progress” or “overreach.”

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akamurphMay. 21, 1311:29 PM

You call this past session "progress"? What a crock! You have made myself, and I'm sure many other Minnesotans, seriously consider moving out of this state if this is the direction it is going.

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alanam8May. 22, 1312:29 AM

Regardless of what you think of the DFL, I think there's an argument to be made that the gay marriage vote will likely buttress them against what everyone knows will be some pretty serious attacks on the tax policy. It's a perfect, Democrat-leaning social wedge issue, and should keep affluent suburbanites in the DFL camp even if they're irritated with the fiscal policies.

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jlevasseurMay. 22, 1312:37 AM

More taxes and more spending. How novel of the Democrats to come up with something new. You do realize this is the seventh most expensive state to live in? You do realize the wealthy Minnesotans you have just increased taxes on, are going to move somewhere less stupid? You do realize your governor is known in political circles as the "Blunderer"? I'm taking my income and moving to Washington State, you can have this place. Oh yeah you betcha there hey!!!!!!

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chablis28May. 22, 13 1:12 AM

The clear message from this session of DFL rule is that conservative Minesotans can eat cake. Thissen, Bakk and Dayton could care less about our concerns. When the DFL leadership looks at me all they see is another check book to tap for new spending....period. Our representatives had zero voice in the disaster that was this session. Hopefully 2014 changes that.

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chablis28May. 22, 13 1:16 AM

Does anyone honestly believe ANY of the tax increases and new spending would have passed if the DFL had asked every taxpayer to participate instead of targeting only 2% of us and smokers? Think about that and be honest.

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birchtreeMay. 22, 13 5:47 AM

Finally undoing the damage of Pawlenty and Ventura!

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michaelfossumMay. 22, 13 5:57 AM

Republicans have nobody but themselves to blame. When they controlled the House, it was gridlock, their pet projects and finger-pointing at the Democrats. Minnesota voters gave the GOP an historic opportunity and they blew it.

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chablis28May. 22, 13 6:01 AM

The DFL ran over the GOP in this session which is fine if we care nothing about "bipartisanship" and "power sharing" that the DEMs use to wine about under Pawlenty.

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badgerfan2May. 22, 13 6:01 AM

" You do realize the wealthy Minnesotans you have just increased taxes on, are going to move somewhere less stupid?"----if this really did happen, and by the way, it won't, most of us would be glad to get rid of them as it shows how much they didn't care about the community they lived in anyway. Go ahead, take your mighty business somewhere else. Last I check south Dakota still hasn't passed us in population. Funny how that works, isn't it. Why hasn't everyone flocked to Alabama, Mississippi, and South Dakota for the paradise of low taxes.

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chablis28May. 22, 13 6:03 AM

Thissen, Dayton & Bokk basically thumbed thier noses at the lonely individual taxpayer and told us to open our wallets and go eat cake.

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