Democrat Cronyism – Met Council Chair Gets Double The Salary

No Democrat office holder gets to complain about anyone making too much money at their business after Governor Dayton doubled the pay of his chief of staff’s husband. Source: KSTP

The chairman of the Metropolitan Council’s salary has doubled even after lawmakers mothballed hefty raises for state commissioners.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show Adam Duininck is making nearly $123,000 as the job moves to a full-time role. That’s twice as much as previous Metropolitan Council leaders.

Gov. Mark Dayton’s spokesman Matt Swenson says the governor has authority to make the job full time and pay Duininck as a full-time commissioner. Dayton says it should be a full-time gig.

But Republicans are crying foul. They say Duininck’s raise violates a deal from earlier this year that reversed major salary increases for members of Dayton’s cabinet.

Top legislative leaders from both parties told the AP they believed Duininck’s salary would stay at about $60,000 under legislation freezing the salary hikes.

 

MN Media Rushing To Democrat’s Aid On Budget Bloat

If this MinnPost headline doesn’t expose the bias in Minnesota political reporting, I don’t know what does.

Senate budget seeks to bridge gulf between Dayton and GOP
By Briana Bierschbach | 03/27/15

 

Bias?

Yes.

In the negotiations to craft Minnesota’s next two-year budget, Democrats in control of the state Senate are casting themselves as the wise old sages of state government.

That was the dominant theme of a Friday morning press conference revealing the DFLers blueprint for a $42.7 billion budget, which will cut taxes less than Republicans in control of the House want and spend less than Gov. Mark Dayton wants. With a nearly $1.9 billion budget surplus to spend, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said the key ingredient in their budget is pumping $250 million into the state’s budget reserve to help provide a buffer from future budget deficits.

It is true there is a large gap between what Governor Dayton has proposed and what House Republicans have proposed. The problem is that the Senate Democrat proposal is not a compromise as implied.

House GOP: $39.95 Billion

Senate Dem: $42.27 Billion

Dem Dayton: $42.79 Billion

Are the Senate Democrats really being reasonable? I mean does their offer that is almost as much as Dayton’s really a grand compromise?

I mean MinnPost even included a graphic from MMB that clearly shows the Senate Democrats’ proposal is almost exactly the same as Dayton’s. And the image is an interactive one on MinnPost’s site that displays the proposed budget amount for each one if clicked on.

chart

 

People on the right often complain why Republicans can’t win and why Minnesotans are so likely to vote Democrats. I contend that they don’t know any better. The way the news in Minnesota is presented is biased towards supporting the liberal policies of Democrats.

The facts of the matter is spending is growing at out of control increases every budget cycle. Democrats are actually trying to claim that the proposed Republican tax cuts could lead to future budget deficits…. But they ignore how the massive spending increases would do exactly that same thing.

Democrats want to spend the surplus. That’s the headline. That’s the story here. But instead, the media in Minnesota is devoted to spinning the Democrat lies and misleading voters.

Dayton’s Free Pre-School Push Scam

Here’s a glimpse at where the rubber meets the road in Governor Dayton’s latest union kickback initiative: All day pre-school. Source: ABC Newspapers

“Space and staffing are probably the big changes that would need to be made,” she said.

Space is at a premium in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Currently, Anoka-Hennepin provides preschool programming for 1,250 kids, about two-thirds of those 4-year-olds. With programming lasting only two to three hours on a given day, the district can use one classroom for multiple groups of students, which full-day preschool does not allow.

Almost 2,875 4-year-olds live in the district this year, according to census data. If the district maintains a similar number of 4-year-olds in 2016 and two-thirds of those kids enroll in pre-K, that means Anoka-Hennepin has to make space for almost 1,900 4-year-olds. Staffing at a 20:1 ratio would require 95 classrooms.

“While we welcome being able to support early learners, there are some significant space considerations that would have to be figured out,” Kerr said.

Currently, preschool classes are held in various elementary schools, the Educational Learning Center and strip malls across the district.

Dayton’s current funding source is one time surplus money and as the Anoka Hennepin administrators point out, it likely won’t even cover all the costs to actually implement this unneeded mandate. Where the funds will come from at the local level to cover the costs of finding more classrooms and facilities is unclear. So is where the funding will be found for future budget cycles.

Didn’t we just add all-day kindergarten? How much did that added mandate stress school district budgets? But more importantly, is it paying off?

If you ask me, this was just another payback for the unions by Dayton in return for them working so hard on his reelection.

Legislation Happens At The Capitol Not Your BPOU Meeting

Some people think its impossible to hold their Legislator accountable and feel they have no other option but to complain to others about that online or at a Party meeting. They attend a meeting or two or three and get something in their party’s platform or agenda, but low and behold, it doesn’t miraculously become law and that person determines they are disenfranchised and encourage others to be as outraged as they are……

They rail against the party and Legislators as a whole because their idea didn’t become law even though that’s not how it works. That’s not how any of that Constitutional Governance works….

Look, I am not trying to mock people, I am trying to educate people on how to be effective. I see so much disinformation and people stoking faux controversies online I had to speak up. I’m mocking to get your attention so that you will allow yourself to be educated in how to get things done. That is after all why most of us are involved in politics isn’t it? To get better laws passed?

If you want to change legislation, the place to do that is not at your BPOU meetings. Its at the Capitol. That’s where they write and vote on legislation.

I  challenge you all to contact your Legislator on a regular basis. They even encourage it.  Its not that hard. 

How do I contact my legislator? How do I let a representative or senator know how I feel about an issue?

You can call, email, or write a letter to your legislator’s office. Email is most effective if it is not a blanket mailing to all members. When sending an email, remember to include your name, postal address and phone number.

Contact information: Representatives | Senators

Find out who represents you

They even go on to give your helpful Do’s & Don’ts. Like:

“Don’t threaten legislators”

Have you contacted your Legislators lately? Whether or not you have a Democrat or Republican representing you? Because the foot soldiers of Marxism are bombarding ALL Legislators with hundreds of contacts daily to grow Government and erode freedoms and liberties.

No seriously, go visit the Capitol and talk to your Legislators at their job where they do the work you want to influence. They even give you directions and tell you where you can park…

There are thousands of lobbyists and special interests who already know all of this and show up every single day to badger Legislators into passing or opposing laws. The 201 Legislators at the Capitol are outnumbered by those lobbyists and special interests.

Maybe before you devote all your time and energy into being outraged online  and planning a monthly meeting to encourage others to be as outraged as you…. Maybe you could try to calmly contact your Legislators and talk to them.

Contact information: Representatives | Senators

Find out who represents you

Minnesota Aims To License Illegals To Drive, What Could Go Wrong

01-how-about-no-bearWhen people break a fundamental law, why would they care to follow all the others? Source: PiPress

Advocates of a push to grant driver’s licenses to people living in the country illegally packed a Minnesota House hearing Wednesday, at times breaking into tears as supporters explained how the change would affect them.

The move has support from a broad coalition of businesses, religious leaders and law enforcement officials who say it will make roads safer as more people take driver’s safety tests and buy car insurance. But some argue giving licenses to those without legal resident status will make it easier for them to commit voter fraud.

Ana Serrano told the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee that the move would help her parents, who immigrated from Mexico years ago. They rely on her older brother to drive them around Willmar because they can’t legally obtain driver’s licenses.

State Rep. Rod Hamilton, who’s carrying a bill to make the change, said he initially was skeptical of the idea. But the Mountain Lake Republican said the he since has realized the effect on public safety the move would have.

Public safety officials also think no one should own guns, fence in their yards, and that they should be able to listen to phone calls and read emails with out a warrant….

I can’t begin to describe how maddening it is that any Republicans are supporting this red carpet for voter fraud and amnesty. . .

Obamanomics In Practice – The New Normal

You keep hearing about how great the economy is doing. How jobs are being created and everything is back to normal. But the new normal is not like the old normal.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise in “refund anticipation checks,” a type of cash advance especially popular among low-income families who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, the government’s $65 billion cash benefit program. The advances are being marketed as a way to get fast refunds or defer payment of tax preparation costs.

It also happens to be a glaring example of irony. The same Government that is confiscating so much money from us that we are forced to scratch and claw and borrow to make ends meet, is worried that we are borrowing from high risk fraudsters to make ends meet.

There’s a solution to this whole problem, that will never be considered. Smaller Government.

Oh I know, without the nanny state, how will everyone get free E-14 schooling (notice I did’t say an E-14 education) and all those other entitlements?

We cannot afford the Government that has been forced upon us. That’s a factual, emotion free statement.

Job creation is now controlled by Government. They have made good paying full time, reliable jobs, a rarity. You can scream outsourcing and blame corporate America, but the fact is if Government hadn’t created the red tape, they’d happily allow people to work more than 30 hours a week as one example of the new normal of Obama’s Economy.

The American economy looks nothing like it did 8 years ago. Through the ashes of the recession, Marxism took root. A centrally planned and controlled destruction of the free markets is in effect.

This new, fundamentally transformed America, sure seems to have created more people screaming for more free stuff. Then again, socialism is not supposed to solve problem, its designed to identify and shine the spot light on them.

Creating a dependent is far more important than solving the problem. Because if you solve the economic effects that made someone need help and get that person a job, you can’t continue to run government for the sole purpose of maintaining power. You’d eventually be able to cut taxes to the point where there is enough capital out in the markets to create jobs for those in need. If someone did fall through the cracks and need additional help, people would have plenty of money left over from low taxes and low product costs to be true good samaritans and help their fellow man.

Instead, the definition of compassion in Obama’s America is now demanding Government confiscate other people’s property to give others what you think will make them happy.

This new normal of liberal economics sure seems to have a whole lot of unhappy people who complain about all the things they don’t have or can’t afford.

How is higher taxes and more regulation going to lower the cost of raising a family or provide a good paying job?

If we are now going to be a society based on always needing another bailout, another credit card to max out, a windfall of tax refunds, lottery, etc etc. we are screwed. Then again, if we need those things, we also need politicians to provide us with more and more entitlements and handouts.

Welcome to the new normal. Where your choices are determined for you.

Give It All Back – 42% Budget Growth Is Too Much

There apparently is controversy in the GOP ranks at the Capitol on what to do with the $2 billion surplus for some reason. This shocks me. I mean how could you not instinctively just say, give it all back?

An opening hand of anything less than 100% give it all back is disappointing and won’t sit well with the public in 365 days when Legislators once again face activists and voters.

The rate of growth in stats spending under Governor Dayton is mind blowing. The very first budget that he begrudgingly signed for 2010-11 was $30 billion. His proposed 206-17 budget starts at $42.5 Billion.

THAT’S A $12.5 BILLION INCREASE IN UNDER DAYTON!

A 42% spending increase under Gov.Dayton! 

MN budget 20 yr chart

Any Republican offer that includes any of the budget surplus is a stamp of approval to the ginormous spending increases from Dayton and Democrats over the last 4 years.

I know it is not easy to “cut”. I know the press and the minions on the left will hammer any Republican who dares to return money back to the hard working people of Minnesota. I do. Its going to make being a Legislator uncomfortable trying to reduce or at least freeze state spending.

Failure to give it all back is only going to galvanize the DFL stranglehold on power in this state.

Dayton’s Unsustainable Budgeting

The Minnesota budget has increased 200% over the last 20 years. I created this chart that shows the growth is Minnesota’s general fund spending since 1992. I included the percent increase because its shocking. (Budget numbers are from MMB)

MN budget 20 yr chart

Governor Dayton is proposing 2 different spending numbers.

Proposed budget: $42,497,000

Transportation plan: 10 year spending: $8.731 / 10 = $0.8731 per year making his budget actually: $43,370,000

 

His budget, and the extra taxes on top of his budget for his transportation plan which is the only way he will fix our crumbling roads and bridges, would add either a 7% increase or a 10% spending increase.

Oh I know. a $10 billion increase in State Spending since Dayton took office “sounds” like a lot of money……..

Take a look at what Minnesota’s budget since 1992 would look like with just cost of living adjustments.

3% COLA Growth
1992-93 (Actual) $14,496,834.00
1994-95 $14,931,739.02
1996-97 $15,379,691.19
1998-99 $15,841,081.93
2000-01 $16,316,314.38
2002-03 $16,805,803.82
2004-05 $17,309,977.93
2006-07 $17,829,277.27
2008-09 $18,364,155.59
2010-11 $18,915,080.25
2012-13 $19,482,532.66
2014-15 $20,067,008.64

 

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.

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.