Dayton v. Dayton – Last Minute Ultimatum

Governor Mark Dayton is unhinged when it comes to his last minute ultimatum on mandating schools add all day Pre-K (read new union dues paying teachers). He has decided his plan, that was never introduced in the Legislature because it had no support. He has lashed out saying Republicans hate kids, even doubled down on that, saying th only way he would think differently is if they just pass exactly what he wanted.

But Dayton is not backing down — he’s doubling down. He says he won’t apologize, and he says it is Republicans who should say they’re sorry for hurting schoolchildren.

“I looked it up in the dictionary. It says ‘hate’ means to intensely dislike,” Dayton said. “That’s just for some of them as far as I know. If they want to prove me wrong, they should vote for universal Pre-K. Then I’ll apologize.” (Source: WCCO)

But when it comes to other bills, like environmental bill, Dayton is much more reasonable and aware of the political reality voters have decided on.

But it’s not to say, well it’s not our version of a very good or perfect bill, therefore veto, because it’s not going to come back better. …That’s something we’re going to have to live with for another year and a half and through another legislative session. People want divided government, this is one of the consequences of it.

Some people say that’s good, some people say otherwise, but that’s what the voters of Minnesota decided we would have, and we’re going to do the best we can.” (Source: MPR)

You can’t have it both ways Dayton.  Which is it? Ultimatums or compromise?

MN Taxpayers Paying $240,000 per New Capitol Parking Spot To Improve The “View”

facepalm4crI feel sick. $7.2 Million to replace a surface lot with an underground ramp, with only 30 spaces…..

At that meeting, Bakk advocated for the underground garage, saying continued use of the surface parking lot at the northwest corner of the Capitol would mar the view from both the Capitol and the new Senate Office Building.

Bakk on Wednesday said that “I want to landscape up to the building. If we do not build (the underground garage), we will have a surface parking lot there. That is not the visual I want.”

But they can’t afford to pay for road and bridge repairs.

Capitol renovations, plus the new state of the art Senate Office building, plus this surprise las minute binding bill’s new parking ramp, is a half a billion dollars for part time legislators….

As I said, I feel sick.

MN Taxpayers Building China An Aircraft Factory In Duluth

facepalm4crYou read that right.

Cirrus Aircraft was sold to China in 2011.

During the dizzying frenzy of last minute budget deals, a mysterious mini-bonding $100 million bonding bill appeared and deep down in it was a $4 million request from the city of Duluth to help build a new factory for Cirrus Aircraft. Duluth taxpayers are on the hook for $6 million already. 

Oh but don’t worry, “its just a loan”… Actually, yes, do worry.

Cirrus will not need to repay some of the loan if Cirrus hits goals set by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

That’s $10 million in taxpayer money for a Chinese owned company’s factory that sells planes with a starting price just under half a million dollars. 

Guess who happens to be the State Senator who represents the Duluth Airport. None other than DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk….

But we can’t find money to fix our roads and bridges…..

 

Point by Point “Progressive” Mark Dayton Aligned With Socialist & Communist Party Agenda

progressive agenda logo The Progressive Agenda has a list of demands. Those who follow Minnesota politics may  find it sounds familiar. (Note Pre-K is in there among other demands from Dayton and  Minnesota DFLers) [ Governor Mark Dayton is a signers of the agenda. ]

Lift the Floor for Working People »

  • Raise the federal minimum wage, so that it reaches $15/hour, while indexing it to inflation.
  • Reform the National Labor Relations Act, to enhance workers’ right to organize and rebuild the middle class.
  • Pass comprehensive immigration reform to grow the economy and protect against exploitation of low-wage workers.
  • Oppose trade deals that hand more power to corporations at the expense of American jobs, workers’ rights, and the environment.

2Support Working Families »

  • Pass national paid sick leave.
  • Pass national paid family leave.
  • Make Pre-K, after-school programs and childcare universal.
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Allow students to refinance student loan debt to take advantage of lower interest rates.

3Tax Fairness »

  • Close the carried interest loophole.
  • End tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
  • Implement the “Buffett Rule” so millionaires pay their fair share.
  • Close the CEO tax loophole that allows corporations to take advantage of “performance pay” write-offs.

This article compares the Progressive Agenda of Mark Dayton to the Socialist and Communist Parties’ platforms and surprise surprise they pretty much match up point by point.

The Republican Party of Minnesota gets attacked for being right wing and “fringe” all the time by DFLers and the media in this state. Well here we have proof that the agenda of Dayton and the DFL is as fringe left as you can get in America. Its time to start waking up Minnesotans to just exactly what Dayton’s vision of a “better Minnesota” really would look like.

 

Dayton Trying To Pay Off Union’s Debt With E-12 Shutdown

Education Minnesota, the Minnesota Teachers’ Union umbrella organization, is carrying $798,275.24 in debt on its State Political Account following the 2014 elections.  I say umbrella because the spider web of left wing PACs and committees in Minnesota is dizzying.

Education Minnesota just happens to be the largest beneficiary of Governor Dayton’s ultimatum on adding statewide Pre-K to the State Budget. The new teacher positions would all be forced to pay union dues to ED MN. So by Dayton’s forcing the issue to add Pre-K to the normal mandated schooling, he is forcing new union dues paying positions.

Coincidence? Me thinks not.

Dayton is willing to shut down State Government again over this one single issue.

Gov. Mark Dayton stood by his threat Sunday to veto the public schools funding bill, saying he has made his priority of enhanced prekindergarten spending clear for months, and vowing that House Republicans would pay the biggest political cost if it results in a long, messy special session.

You see, the DFL has done polling on if there is a shutdown, who will the voters hold accountable. Not who is accountable, but who Dayton and the DFL can blame.

“I will, again, I will veto” an education bill if it only includes $400 million in new money for schools, Dayton said in a Sunday afternoon press conference.

Shameful.

Why Is Parenting a 4 Letter Word Nowadays?

Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase Uncle Sam…..

When I was a boy, they called it parenting. In today’s America, we apparently need the Federal Government to take care of families and more to the point, raise kids. Well, I use families loosely as in far too many cases, there is only one parent. And by raise, its more indoctrinate and warehouse. But you get the point. The “family” is no longer part of the equation.

[Source: MPR] ecoming a Promise Zone doesn’t involve any up-front money, but it will give north Minneapolis a competitive advantage when applying for federal grants.

[…]

Duncan could not guarantee that Minneapolis will qualify for any federal grants, but said it opens the door to dozens of government funding sources.

That could mean more money to fund increased educational opportunities for students, find housing for families, improve job prospects for the unemployed and lower crime rates in the neighborhood, he said.

Its a tragedy that any kid doesn’t have the chance to receive a decent education. A parent is homeless or jobless. Yes we should help them however reasonably possible. But we also can’t sweep any and all bad decisions and choices that got our society in Minnesota to this point.

But don’t be fooled. What Duncan showed up in Minnesota for was not to highlight the Federal grants to the Northside Achievement zone, it was to help bully the Legislature into passing Dayton’s all day Pre-K. That’s just state funded day care by union  dues paying teachers.

Takeaways:

Why is good parenting no longer the solution? Why are we refusing to start by highlighting the things being promised by the Federal Government as what would help kids learn, could/should be part of the nuclear family?

This all day pre-K push is simply to grow unions, make kids dependent on government run day care, and provide more union resources to help elect Democrats.

Who was the only protesters actually afraid of the consequences of rioting in Baltimore? The one whose mom caught him. Folks, America’s kids needs more of this. Role models and learning right from wrong.

Politics Makes For Strange Bedfellows

Nice little piece by Mitch on the Brodkorb pity party and kumbaya with the liberal media. Last line is the key. (emphasis mine)

And I’m thinking his solicitousness toward Brodkorb is going to be a new corollary to Berg’s 11th Law (“The conservative liberals “respect” for their “conservative principles” will the the one that has the least chance of ever getting elected”); perhaps “the Republican that Democrats don’t pelt with rocks and garbage is the one that does their throwing for them”.

Anything that hurts the GOP is encouraged by the liberal media. Republicans are experts at tearing each other apart. Its easy because we know what will turn our own off. That doesn’t make you a good person.

Prairie Home Caliphate

ISIS is waging a religious war to cleanse the world of Christians and they are having luck recruiting people human beings willing to behead, burn, and mass murder Christians right here in Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Six people have been arrested in connection with a terrorism investigation in Minnesota, where authorities have been tracking youths who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants, including the Islamic State group, authorities said.

[…]

Authorities say a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants within the last year. At least one Minnesotan has died while fighting for the Islamic State.

Since 2007, more than 22 young Somali men have also traveled from Minnesota to Somalia to join the militant group al-Shabab.

Four Minnesotans have already been charged in connection with supporting terror groups in Syria, including the Islamic State group.

We have a serious problem brewing here in Minnesota.

 

Dayton Pushes Controversial Bonding Bill

While Legislators are bogged down on the budget impasse, Governor Dayton has thrown gas on the partisan fire by introducing a bonding bill.

Source: Strib

Gov. Mark Dayton will announced his $850-million bonding bill Tuesday, which is expected to fund construction projects and create jobs across the state.

Characterized as a jobs bill, the legislation comes even as leaders in the Republican-led House have said they don’t have plans on proposing a bonding bill this year. Bonding bills have to originate in the House, and as a result, the Senate may follow suit. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said late last month that he instructed Senate leaders to come up with options in case a bonding bill is produced.

Normally, Legislators spend the entire odd year of a session battling over projects for the bonding bill. Dayton is throwing this in to an already burdened budget year.

Its almost like he is trying to cause a shutdown by preventing a budget agreement from taking place.