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Minnesota Shut Down – State Senator Demands Governor’s Resignation

Minnesota Shut Down – State Senator Demands Governor’s Resignation

As if telling Minnesotans that only people earning more than $1 million “actually work hard,” the state Republicans are continuing to up the shutdown rhetoric, with one state representative now calling the Democratic governor has “no feelings” and calling on him to resign over the budget impasse.

Via Blue Stem Prairie, Sen. Mike Parry of Waseca told the Mankato Free Press:

“The guy should resign,” said Parry, a Republican business-owner serving his second year in the Senate. “He should resign as governor and let (Lt. Gov.) Yvonne Prettner Solon finish out his term because he’s shown to me that he doesn’t care about the state of Minnesota.”

Parry said Dayton is willing to use state workers as political pawns in budget negotiations because he simply doesn’t care about them.

“Let me tell you, the governor has no feelings,” Parry said. “If he did, he would not put 22,000 people out of work on July 1. He has no feelings. … The shutdown doesn’t bother him at all. He gets his trust fund.”

Perry, it should be noted, has decided to take both his paycheck and his per diem while the government is shut down.

So what do those 22,000 “pawns” who have been laid off and cannot collect unemployment until July 20th think about the standoff between the two parties?  Many of them recognize that the Governor is trying to protect the poorest and most vulnerable Minnesotans in his actions.  Via KARE11.com:

[Heather Betts, a furloughed Dept. of Human Services employee] said her work as a training planner in the Disability Services division at DHS helps her understand why Gov. Mark Dayton has gone to the wall in negotiations with lawmakers to protect programs that would be cut in the human services bill he vetoed.

“A lot of people don’t understand how important these services are, but the people out there that are receiving these services, they know how important they are,” she explained.

“You know if they can’t get up, they can’t bathe themselves, they can’t dress themselves, they can’t feed themselves, they need help to do these things. This is to keep them from being fully institutionalized because they don’t need to be.”

And although the furloughed employees are bearing the brunt of the shutdown, they are by no means the most effected.  The courts had to meet to decide whether or not keeping the food shelves open for those who are poor and hungry was an essential service or not. The courts finally stepped in to reallocate a state employee to oversee distributions to pantries, ensuring that the state’s hungry — of whom nearly half are children — will still be fed.

In fact, the Governor spent the day attempting to expand what he sees as “critical” state services, asking for “special education aid, chemical dependency and mental health services, HIV case management and counseling and services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes” and “child care assistance and services for the homeless, disabled and other vulnerable citizens” according to the Star Tribune.

A shutdown is a pretty drastic political move to cap “runaway state spending,” as the state GOP put it.  But how bad has the spending problem gotten in the last few years?  As Secrets of the City notes, Minnesota is actually already on track to spend less then it did during the Tim Pawlenty administration.

So much for a spending problem.

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2:14AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

No one should be put into the position the governor was put into, which is to have to choose between two evils. This is a real "Morton's fork".
Let's hope that this will all result in "egg on face" for the Republicans who created this situation. However, they are already at it justifying themselves while confusing and misleading the gullible.

9:37PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

This poor governor inherited the mess that Pawlenty left and the republicans want to recall him for that! Personally, I would keep my mouth shut and very quietly vote the way he wants. It reminds me of what Obama is currently going through trying to deal with Bush's mess! The MN republicans are letting the 2010 elections go to their heads! Unfortunately, for the rest of us it shows what brain damage they actually have!

9:03PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Since millionaires are a minority in this country we should all vote on a special amendment to strip away their rights. They cannot get married nor have children. They cannot adopt and many of their rights, freedoms and tax incentives will be taken away. They cannot visit their significant other in the hospital, can be fired from their CEO job for being rich, cannot join the military and service at their favorite restaurants can be refused. (I was gonna say they should sit at the back of a bus but they generally don't ride the bus).

Oh and Senator Parry should resign and let his assistant take his place.

2:52PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Republicans get more hateful by the day.

2:42PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Recall all Republicans! They only care about the millions being stuffed into their pocket while using the remaining 95% of the American people as pawns. They do not care about us, they do not care about jobs or the economy, only how much monies the rich and big corporations shove into their pockets. We should withhold their paychecks until everything is balance out, oh yea, they don't care because they have millionairs shoving more monies into their pockets than any government has.

1:07PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Governor Dayton: Thank you and please please please don't give in! We need more people like you out there!

11:22AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

No Part 3, I going to take a nap, I wonder.

11:21AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Part 2, I wonder.
I wonder why people abuse children, animals, and the elderly.
I wonder why people are so absorbed with themselves'
I wonder why your religion is better than mine.
" I wonder"

11:12AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Today,I wonder about our country. I wonder what went wrong. I wonder why prisons are full of non-violent people. I wonder why people hate other people because of skin color, ethnic background, or speak differently. I wonder what happened to the America I was born. " I wonder"

8:37AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Soon it will be time for the people to stand up and say enough! soon we will all need to take to the streets like the people in Grease to demand that our government do what is right for the many not the few elete.

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