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?
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.”
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.
Aggregate special source limits for the 2015-2016 election cycle segment
Secretary of State, State Auditor
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.
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 “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?
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….
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.
Update to clear up a couple points of contention some have raised.
1) I do not have any evidence that makes me believe that the Anoka County Board is interested in killing Northstar. That doesn’t sit well with some supporters of certain Anoka County Commissioners, but they could take steps to do what so many conservatives in Anoka County want – a) repeal the transit sales tax AND b) kill Northstar all together. But they haven’t and some commissioners have told me that they can’t and won’t. I am not :”attacking the Commissioners, I am disappointed they haven’t done what we all want.
2) The piece of land purchased by the city was not a council member’s, but he does own a parcel in the area. There have been many instances in the rail transit development recent history in Minnesota that politicians (or their close personal acquaintances) happen to own the land that will eventually be required for construction of stops OR future redevelopment once property values go up. My hunch is that this is likely the case. Commuter rail in Minnesota is just not profitable with out local cities and counties ponying up all the money to add the bells and whistles to make the areas around the stops look and seem like “progress’. You see, just imagine how valuable a single parcel of land near a slated redevelopment corridor will be after all the other pieces are put in place. I don’t know any of the principles in the city of Anoka, but this is how Government and developing works everywhere else, why wouldn’t it possibly be the case in Anoka?
Oh look, a politicians who just happened to own land near a Northstar Rail stop sells his “vacant” parcel to the City of Anoka for redevelopment.
There really should be term limits for all levels of Government. Read to the end. they just want to prevent someone from buying the property and, brace yourself, not just doing exactly what the city wants with the land. The city is buying up land in order to sell large swaths off to developers.
Get taxpayers to spend a billion on a train that is unsustainable and requires massive subsidies and diverts attention from the aging and crumbling and dangerous highway system. Then start buying up all the land around the stops for said train. Get tens of millions to build overpasses along train route due to shortsighted planning by local government simply trying to help local landowners get rich off their prospect buying years ago. And if they just can’t swindle enough people to buy along the route, get the city to buy up the land….
In financial realms this is almost like insider trading or something people go to jail for. In government its just called, waste fraud and abuse but no one cares because its the status quo and everyone has skin in the game.
You know how the left always claims that rich executives get that way by refusing to pay lower tier employees?
Or how when liberals demand employers double the pay of their employees the money just appears on trees with out any adjustments to prices or staffing levels to accommodate the massive payroll burdens of the mandates.
Well, liberal Democrat Governor Mark Dayton has promised his advisors a million in pay raises. Maybe its time all these department heads and cabinet officials understand what its like to run a business (dealing with all the red tape these very same people throw at them every day).
The Commissioners and Dayton Cabinet/advisors should be forced to find savings in their respective areas of responsibility in order to off set their massive pay hikes.
After all, if they are worth it, surely they will find a little waste, fraud, or abuse to earn their pay. Or they could just fire a few janitors or secretaries, another thing liberals claim happens for “exorbitant executive compensation”.
Liberal Logic: When a corporation pays big salaries its greedy and evil and stealing money from poor people, but when state Government pays huge salaries its perfectly OK because they need to retain top talent and that money for that huge bloated salary for a political appointee magically appears. .
I think we all just need to let this stew a bit so the absolute hypocrisy and do as I say not as I do of the Democrat Party of Minnesota is on full display.