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Minnesota Shutdown Now Longest In Recent State History

Minnesota Shutdown Now Longest In Recent State History

We are on day 12 of the Minnesota state shutdown, and still there is no budging from the Republican party.  The state GOP has made no counteroffer since its final proposal that was fraught with newly returned social issues that had been previously vetoed by the governor — an offer that was made the evening before the actual shutdown.  Although Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has made two new offers since then, one asking for a 3 percent tax increase on just those Minnesotans making more than $1 million per year through 2013, and one asking only for a cigarette tax hike, both were rejected out of hand by the GOP, who said absolutely no revenue raisers can be allowed.

Meanwhile, the tide of public opinion is starting to shift against Republicans, as even more conservative leaning areas are asking for compromise before the state crumbles.  “Republicans are worried that if the top 2 percent of income earners – more specifically, businesses owners – are taxed more, they will leave Minnesota for greener pastures and take jobs with them. It’s a plausible theory, but it seems more like speculation than fact. The cold, hard truth is that if social services are cut thousands of Minnesotans will hurt – and these are our neighbors we’re talking about. This, we know, and the proof is evident right now under the shutdown. Take away these services, or cut into them, and you cut into people’s quality of life. You know people who would suffer. You’re probably related to one.”

Of course, people’s quality of life is already suffering, and the GOP would like to see more of that.  Complaining that the courts have deemed too many services “essential” in the state, five Republican legislators challenged the court, demanding even more services be shut down.

Dayton has announced his plan to take his budget proposal on the road to talk to Minnesotans about the effects the shutdown is having on them.  And, because of the lack of available state services, he will be driving for most of the trip rather than using the state airplane.

What will Dayton telling the people of Minnesota when it comes to why he will not agree to the Republican budget cuts?  Watch below.

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Photo credit: William Wesen

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11:38AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Terrific, poignant ad Gov. Mark Dayton. Finally, a democrat tells it as it is directly and eloquently. Seems like you have a very intelligent and reasonable governor Minnesota, now demand that your Republican state legislators get back to work for you.

9:21PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Are you sure that's true?...after all it is FOX,lol

11:47AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Dayton caved to voter demand:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, saying he "reluctantly" agrees to accept the Republican budget proposal from June 30 if it will end the government shutdown .

7:11AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Welcome to the Republican Utopia! Pigsh&t and misery anyone? All you can eat at the monkeynomics buffet!

9:10PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Do I see puckered corp kissing REpug lips?

6:17PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Oh no, the Republicans aren't obstructionists....BS, THEY have completely shut down a whole state. Are you going to wait until they shut down a whole country as well?

3:10PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

2:06PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

It's funny how the Republican'ts claim to have the "vision" to fix the economy when the only thing they see is the lily white corporate butt they have their lips attached to.

1:58PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Republicans do NOT care about you, me or any other citizens, they only care about how much monies the rich and big corporations are stuffing in their pockets. They do not need to worry about a measley few dollars their paychecks would be so they do care if the government is shut down. Wake up people! RECALL ALL REPUBLICANS!

1:50PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Of course you can't negotiate with Republicans. They don't negotiate with terrorists and everybody else to them, is a terrorist.

Will these politicians with a mindset of high school football players ever grow up enough to become real leaders?

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