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.

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.

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

 

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.

Get Your Pitch Forks: Dayton Hands Out A Million In Pay Raises To His Staff

Are you getting an $88,000 raise this year, because Democrat Mark Dayton just gave an unelected bureaucrat with the power of taxation an $88,000 raise. Dayton just handed out close to a million dollars in raises to his staff and cabinet.

While the public sector wages are stagnate at best, taxes are skyrocketing, and the costs of everyday necessities are getting higher and higher Democrats believe such exorbitant pay raises for state employees are ok.

Two words: Pitch Forks.

Dayton: State Government Unwilling To Pay For A Core Duty

$40 billion in State General Fund Spending and there is nothing for roads and bridges?

Democrats unveil yet another slew of tax increases with Governor Dayton’s “Transportation” proposal. Don’t forget he just raised $3 Billion in taxes last session.

$40 billion in State General Fund Spending and there is nothing for roads and bridges?

Everyone knows we have a transportation funding problem in Minnesota. For decades Government has failed to maintain and upgrade our transportation system to meet the needs of Minnesota. Now they are blaming taxpayers. No seriously, Minnesota has been one of the highest taxed states for decades with one of the highest state spending budgets per capita. But after decades drunken sailor Government spending, now Government is threatening taxpayers to pay more or else that bridge isn’t getting fixed.

$40 billion in State General Fund Spending and there is nothing for roads and bridges?

Its maddening. Transportation is a core function of Government but yet they refuse to pay for it. That’s right. Democrats claim Minnesotans aren’t paying their fair share when it comes to transportation. They claim its our fault highways are congested and bridges are crumbling. After all we aren’t riding those billion dollar trains or using the hundreds of millions of dollars in bike trails they have found money for.

$40 billion in State General Fund Spending and there is nothing for roads and bridges?

The honest truth is that the only way Governor is willing to actually pay for a better Minnesota is by wasting the record high amount of tax dollars already collected and forcing you to pay more.

Where has all the money gone the last 40 years?

Don’t lecture me that you wasted my money. Don’t lecture me about kicking the can down the road. I didn’t waste hundred and hundreds of billions of dollars the last few decades.

This is why you can’t rely on Government to provide you with things. unfortunately one thing we have to rely on Government to do, Government considers it to be the lowest priority.

Another $2.3 Million For Roads & Bridges

I may have to start keeping track of all the waste I am finding that could be used for roads and bridges. Who knows if it would come in handy if *I* ever decided to run for something.

Zip Rail to Rochester outline starts up the track

[Source: Strib] Transportation agencies outlined potential routes and made the case for a controversial high-speed rail from the Twin Cities to Rochester in a plan released Tuesday.

[…]

The first phase of studies costs $2.3 million and has been paid for by the state and Olmsted County Regional Rail Authority. No other funding has been secured for the project, Pidaparthi said.

Nor should it receive the $2.3 million FOR FIRST PHASE OF STUDIES!!!!!!

No one in Government gets to tell me there just isn’t enough money to fix congestion with out taxes when Government is wasting money on studies for trains.

Bi-Partisan Taxation Without Representation – et tu Housley?

This one has smoke billowing out of my ears.

Bill would extend Minn. school district power to tax for repairs, avoid voter approval

Because less accountability in education administration and management will solve the problem of a system designed a century ago that is refusing to adapt to the times…. or something.

FOREST LAKE, Minn. — Opening a hatch in the gym floor at Forest Lake Elementary, Brandon Perry looked down at the web of heating pipes below. Any issue with the school’s more than 60-year-old heating system, and Perry or another custodian has to climb down and wriggle through the maze to search out the problem.

Didn’t the state just spend billions a few years ago to green up school buildings or something?

A longstanding school funding law allows 25 Minnesota school districts to raise residents’ property taxes for maintenance funds without direct voter approval. The rest of the districts, including Forest Lake, don’t have that luxury. That’s led to a big gap in funding among districts for things like carpet replacement, security upgrades and heating and cooling modernization.

State Sen. Kevin Dahle wants to change that arrangement, extending the taxation power to districts statewide. He and other bill proponents call it a matter of fairness. Most of the 25 districts on the list are in the metro area. Some didn’t meet the list’s criteria but were added simply because legislators got them on.

But you could just remove the preferential treatment of the 25 to make it fair. After all, equality is akin to fairness we are often told in the media.

“It’s not fair. A building ages the same across the state,” said state Sen. Karin Housley, a Republican who represents Forest Lake and co-authored the Dahle bill.

I think Karin Housley is one of the most tone deaf Republican politicians I have seen. It was why a certain Republican Governor candidate was dead last on my list of choices. Probably a very nice person, but not a statewide ticket asset nor someone I would want speaking for me, when it comes to the left right debate in Minnesota.

Yes, Democrats like Sen. Dahle are going to come up with really bad ideas and find some emotional tear jerking way to make it sound like a good idea. Those that fall for the gimmick and remove accountability and strengthen the bureaucracy of the nanny state should be ashamed of themselves.

I know, rather pointed attack at Sen. Housley, but I would consider removing the right to be self governed an insult.  

A $28 Million Playground Trumps Roads n Bridges

$14 Million in state bonding funds that could have been used for roads and bridges.

The money to renovate and expand it is mostly raised. The preliminary drawings of fancy new exhibits and play space are cool and plentiful. But what begins this weekend at the Children’s Museum of Minnesota may be the most important piece of its $28 million reinvention.

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On Friday, museum officials will provide a sneak peek of those prototypes and announce that they are 82 percent of the way to their $28 million fundraising goal; $14 million has come from state bonding and about $9 million more from donors such as 3M, Best Buy and the city of St. Paul.

You can’t tell me there is no money for roads and bridges when you are spending money to add playground equipment to a museum.