Bi-Partisan Deal Allows Dayton To Hand Out Pay Raises Still

Albeit, he only has one day to do it, I personally wouldn’t tempt Mark Dayton to see how much taxpayer money he could hand out to his friends in 24 hours with out any Legislative approval or oversight.

Why would it be wrong to hand out pay raises with out Legislative oversight and approval on 364 days of the year, but OK on just one?

KSTP: Dayton Won’t Reveal Commissioners’ Raises

Gov. Mark Dayton isn’t revealing what kind of raises he’ll grant agency commissioners under a bill that gives him a one-day window to decide.

Dayton made it clear Thursday he’ll sign a bill negotiated with the House, Senate and his administration. Both chambers are due to take final votes later in the day.

The bill wipes out big raises he awarded to his cabinet last month, but lets him give new ones on July 1. After that, any commissioner pay hikes would need legislative approval. Asked about his intentions, The Democratic governor would only say: “Ask me on June 30th.”

Well played Gov. Dayton. Well played.

It appears the bill will be voted on later today. Contact your Legislators to tell them to vote against this agreement.

Amnesty Whopper: Underage Aliens Will Get Free Abortions

The new American dream: Send your pregnant underage daughter to the United States to get a free abortion.

You can’t claim to be compassionate if you support barbarism like this.

There are already a million abortions each year in the US. Are we now going to be the abortion provider to the world?

Think of it. We already take the lives of a million innocent lives each year. We are being forced to open our borders to people from poverty stricken countries and we are going to welcome them with free abortions.

What exactly are we trying to tell the world about what makes us tick?

I guess this is what fundamentally transforming America looks like.

Bombshell New Report Confirms That The DFL Is The Real Party Of the Rich

From Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Candidate Handbook (pdf).

(Page 18) Special source limits

Finally, there is a limit on the total amount that a candidate’s committee can receive from certain types of donors. This limit is called the “special source limit”. The donors included in this limit are often called “special sources”, and include political committees and funds, lobbyists, and associations not registered with the Board. Contributions from large donors no longer count toward the special source limit.

[…]

Office

Aggregate special source limits for the 2015-2016 election cycle segment

Governor/Lt. Gov.

$313,000

Attorney General

$41,700

Secretary of State, State Auditor

$20,900

State Senate

$18,000

State Representative

$12,500

But they used to. A Federal Judge struck down the law for the 2014 election cycle. A damning new report from Institute for Justice shines a spotlight on which 2014 Minnesota Governor candidate benefitted the most, Democrat Mark Dayton or Republican Jeff Johnson.

(Source: MPR Blog: Capitol View) According to the group’s analysis, one or both candidates in half of Minnesota’s legislative and statewide races benefited from the rule’s suspension. That includes Gov. Mark Dayton, who raised $744,000 more than he would have under the old rules. His opponent Republican Jeff Johnson raised $25,000 more than he would have under the old rules.

That means major donors, as in people who can write checks for over $500 to $1,000 overwhelmingly supported Mark Dayton in the 2014 election.

That flies contrary to every single thing the DFL and Minnesota media portray about political contributors. Spread this one far and wide folks because the data backs up critics of this left wing talking point that the GOP is the party of the rich. 

Many of us have long since believed that the party of the rich is the DFL. They are supported by a bunch rich people who have theirs already, which is why they don’t mind the massive tax increases and regulatory burdens that make it nearly impossible for the average business owner to ever make it, let alone try to employ people in this state. (IE: really support the middle class.)

The MPR blog post headline shrieks of more of the same old usual bias we’ve come to expect. After all, it was a blog post by Catherine Richert. The numbers in the report show that Mark Dayton had a HUGE advantage due to the law change. In fact Dayton quadrupled what he could have received from this group of citizens under old rules.

Dayton major donor contributions in 2014. Newly allowed: $744,000 + Old limit: $313,000 = $1,057,000 total major donors.

Johnson major donor contributions in 2014. Newly allowed: $25,000 + Old limit: $313,000 = $338,000 total major donors.

Dayton raised $759,000 more dollars from wealthy donors than Jeff Johnson.

 

Net Neutrality or Obamanet Or Maybe FrankenNet

grumpy catDemocrats like Al Franken & Barrack Obama are pushing very strongly for Net Neutrality. I instinctively cringe when a Democrat demands something. More often than not, I am right and they are trying to squash freedom and productivity.

As the secrets of their Net Neutrality push are being revealed, the deal looks to be even worse. Like how the “fixed” health insurance, they are looking to their socialist friends across the pond for a socialist answer to unchecked freedom of speech.

Obama’s regs will make Internet slow as in Europe, warn FCC, FEC commissioners
As the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission toy with regulating aspects of the Internet, critics on those agencies are warning that speed and freedom of speech are in jeopardy.

In a joint column, Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai and Federal Election Commission member Lee Goodman, leveled the boom on the Obama-favored regulations, essentially charging that it will muck up the freedom the nation has come to expect from the Internet.

[…]

Noting recent votes on the issue that ended in a political deadlock, the two wrote, “these close votes and the risk of idiosyncratic case-by-case enforcement inevitably discourage citizens and groups from speaking freely online about politics.”

Bottom line, they warned: “Internet freedom works. It is difficult to imagine where we would be today had the government micromanaged the Internet for the past two decades as it does Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service. Neither of us wants to find out where the Internet will be two decades from now if the federal government tightens its regulatory grip. We don’t need to shift control of the Internet to bureaucracies in Washington. Let’s leave the power where it belongs — with the American people. When it comes to Americans’ ability to access online content or offer political speech online, there isn’t anything broken for the government to “fix.” To paraphrase President Ronald Reagan, Internet regulation isn’t the solution to a problem. Internet regulation is the problem.”

 

Franken: Because Money Grows On Trees

If only Minnesota voters know Al Franken was a stark raving mad left wing Marxist…..

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new proposal from Sen. Al Franken would allow all workers to earn sick time if they or a family member are under the weather.

Franken says 43 million workers don’t have paid sick days, and many are forced to come to work when they don’t feel well.

What about the employers who have already had taxes raised by Franken? What about the employers who have already had their regulations raised by Franken? What about the employers who have already had their material costs raised by Franken? Do we need to bring up Obamacare’s burden on employers too?

I know most elected Democrats have never had to make a payroll as a business owner, but do they really believe that money grows on trees?

 

Maybe Malmlov Is Just Jealous She Missed Out On Dayton’s Huge Raises

The original head of MNSure, The State’s (Failed) Insurance Exchange, April Todd-Malmlov is refusing to participate in an official review of the program’s utter failure and proposal to fix it, unless she not only is paid, but so are her legal bills.

Legal bills?

If Minnesota government had paid someone $200 million to build a highway from one town to another, and they forgot to include onramps or pavement, there would be legal charges against them….

James Nobles, the state’s legislative auditor, spent a year figuring out what went wrong, and he says Todd-Malmlov refused to cooperate.

“She would participate and respond if we paid her,” Nobles said.

Governor Mark Dayton handpicked Malmlov to get MNSure The State’s (Failed) Insurance Exchange up and running. Not only did she fail to do so, she handed out huge bonuses but took a vacation with Minnesota’s Medicaid director during the rollout.

Marshall Tanick, Todd-Malmlov’s attorney, told WCCO-TV on Wednesday that she is “more than happy to cooperate, willing to cooperate.”

But Tanick said  the law in Minnesota very clearly requires the state to reimburse ex-employees for the time, expenses and legal fees they incur in investigations like this. And that auditor Nobles was not willing to do that.

Todd-Malmlov works in Washington, DC, for a health consulting firm, and people close to her say she wants to get on with her life.

But she also believes she’s getting blamed unfairly for all the MNsure problems, so it’s possible one day we’ll hear her side of the story.

Is this what Governor Mark Dayton meant when he said we needed to pay state employees more to retain the top talent?

HT To Ed Morrisey & HotAir on the original story. It has lots of other links and references. Well worth the read.

MNSURE: A Textbook Example Of Why Not To Govern By Emotions

Of course no one wants people to suffer with out health care. No, there aren’t people who really want people to choose between health insurance and food.

But that doesn’t mean MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange – was a good way to prevent any of the tear jerking stories used by Governor Dayton (and President Obama) to enact MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange.

MNsure audit: ‘very silly’ turf battle contributed to issues
By David Montgomery – Pioneer Press

MNsure “fell far short” of its promises to provide an easy way for Minnesotans to buy health care in its first year, a harsh new audit has found.

“In its first year of operations, MNsure’s failures outweighed its achievements,” the Minnesota Office of Legislative Audit’s months-long review of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange concluded.

This report from the Minnesota Legislative Auditor confirms many of the claims opponents of MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange, had before it was even passed. Criticisms and input ignored by Governor Mark Dayton. Many of these problems could have been prevented. The report also exposes how there have been problems identified by 3rd party professional auditing firms that have also been ignored.

Hundreds of millions have already gone into MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange. How much more will they need to have something that will work? And mind you, long before MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange became law of the law in Minnesota, well over 90% of Minnesotans had health insurance.

How much more expensive is this affordable health insurance going to be? 

You can find the report on the MN Legislative Auditor’s website by clicking here.

HR Nightmare Veep Only A Heart Beat Away

Vice President Joe Biden is lucky he has secret service protection based on how grabby he is. Here’s yesterday’s latest example of getting inappropriate during an official swearing in ceremony and press conference.

grabby Biden

This isn’t the first time a husband has probably been ready to deck the Vice President in front of the Capital Press Corps.

Just do an image search for “creepy Joe Biden

Why don’t people care? Is sexual inappropriateness no longer an issue?

New Rule: You Don’t Get To Say Middle Class Unless You Define It

DFL Senator John Marty….. I’d say he is clearly a Marxist, but I bet he’d be proud of that.

Time to End Worker Poverty

[…]

Despite ample political rhetoric about “supporting the middle class,” neither party has had the courage to back initiatives to end poverty, even among working families.

If there is no longer anything below the middle class does that mean the middle class is now the lower class?

Since the Poverty Commission issued its final report in 2009, Minnesota has made little progress with the exception of last year’s increase in the minimum wage. With a public consensus that workers should not live in poverty, it is time we take action.

I introduced legislation, Senate File 890, to ensure workers can afford basic necessities:

  • The phased-in increase in the minimum wage would continue beyond the $9.50/hour in 2016. The legislation would add 75¢/hour every year from 2017 through 2020, when it would reach $12.50/hour.

The goal of Sen. Marty is to “eliminate poverty”. Sounds lovely, but its impossible to do by mandating massive wage increases. Its almost as if Sen. Marty thinks money grows on trees and employers have vaults full of cash that they are hiding from their employees.

Its really easy to be charitable with other people’s money. Redistribution by any other name….

Friends of Dayton Raises Hit MNSure – Pathetic 12% Enrollment Rate Means Big Raises For MNSure Board

If MNSure (Minnesota’s FAILED Health Insurance Exchange) Were A Corporation, Would Lori Swanson Sue? After all, she does have an affinity for suing companies that take advantage of people who happen to receive some preferential or financial assistance from taxpayers.

MNSure is a pathetic failure. Aside from the website being a $200 million joke, the Dayton dream health insurance program is wildly unpopular and failing way short of enrollment goals.

In private sector (AKA: a “real” market place) words: No one is buying and the company would already be bankrupt with everyone fired and criminal investigations for where all the money went would be underway

But in Government work, you get raises! $125,000 in raises for not even coming close to fulfilling enrollments. Originally, MNSure promised over 400,000 users. They downgraded that projection to 100,000 at the beginning of the year and again down to 67,000 in December. Well, 2 days before the deadline, they were at only 50,000 users. (That’s roughly 12% of the original enrollment targets used to sell this program. This few users means that the revenue generated from the taxes added to those policies are not coming in. Which means the program can’t sustain itself. )

Here is a letter from Rep. Greg Davids to the MNSure CEO Scott Leitz for more information.

MNsure2.16

Source: MN House GOP Research

Employee 2013 Compensation
(prorated full year)
2014 Compensation Change Change %
Barber, Carley $89,716 $99,532 $9,816 10.94%
Burns, Katherine $129,314 $151,940 $22,626 17.50%
Cammack, Martin Not Provided Not Provided
Campbell, Joseph - $103,737
Drinkwine, Jodi $70,798 $74,376 $3,578 5.05%
Fink, Krista Jean-Guinn $89,386 $103,381 $13,995 15.66%
Kehner, Carol Ann $131,534 $142,148 $10,614 8.07%
Kennedy, Jessica $83,874 $90,839 $6,965 8.30%
Minikel, Stephen $89,536 $118,715 $29,179 32.59%
Nyanjom, John $88,184 $96,197 $8,013 9.09%
Reich, John $119,186 $126,775 $7,589 6.37%
Turpin, Michael $118,630 $125,364 $6,734 5.68%
Van Sant, David $87,546 $93,730 $6,184 7.06%
Wessel, Christina - $96,451
Total $125,293