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.

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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.

Once Bitten Twice Bakk’ed

Why Build One SLOB When You Could Have 2 At Twice The Price

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The taxpayers of Minnesota are still reeling from the effects of total Democrat control of State Government. One of the things they railroaded through was the Senate Legislative Office Building or SLOB. This was the $90 Million new office building that Sen. Majority Leader Tom Bakk, a Democrat, claimed was needed because there wasn’t going to be enough room in the Capitol for Senators after the needed restoration.

Governor Dayton called the SLOB “unMinnesotan” yet he signed it into law. It was hastily passed. And Democrats actually spent more on their own extravagant new offices than they did on roads and bridges last session via the bonding bill.

Well, the bill was passed without any input or transparency and surprise surprise, we are now finding out the Democrats are quickly changing their plans because it was incredibly flawed. Democrats are now trying to force an agreement that allows them to keep office space in the Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said a tentative agreement on space allocation had been reached with former DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen. With Republicans now in charge of the House, Bakk said the new speaker needed to get up to speed on those earlier decisions.

Oh you mean Bakk and House Majority Democrats were making plans on carving up the extra Capitol space last session with out informing the Republicans that there was going to be extra space left in the Capitol?

Why did we need to spend $90 million on an extravagant new office building again?

You can find the blue prints and more details on the duplicitous nature of how the Democrats have been double billing taxpayers for the privilege to have an office at or near the Capitol.

MNSRC: CAPITOL BLUEPRINTS: Duplicate Offices for Senators

And because I think you need to remember that when a Democrat politicians’ lips are moving chances are they are trying to distract you from what they are doing. These are the same Democrats in the Senate who now want to raise taxes on you by hundreds of millions of dollars a year to pay for the road and bridge repairs they have been ignoring for years.

They have been planning for their own posh accommodations, but not our roads.

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Bakk wants taxpayers to get soaked so his fellow Senators can have 2 offices and Dayton agrees. They are now trying to force Speaker Daudt into just signing the agreement he and fellow House or Senate Republicans were not even informed or included in.

Oh and don’t forget,the horse traded to get the House to sign on to the $90 million office building, the Senate had to agree to the House’s minimum wage increase that will cost employers in Minnesota a billion and/or Minnesotans their jobs.

Stop Pissing On My Leg And Telling Me Its Raining

crankybear.jpgPoliticians in St. Paul have finally figured out something that millions of Minnesotans have known for years. That our roads, bridges, and highway systems are a mess. The average Minnesotans has a better grasp of what is wrong with our transportation network than most Legislators – even the ones who have been serving for decades.

But sadly, these politicians don’t see a service that only the Government can provide, as a priority. Roads and bridges are something only Government can do. Its a core function of Government, but for some reason – now that politicians are finally taking the issue seriously – they claim they just can’t afford it unless us peasants who use the roads, bridges, and highways surrender more of our hard earned money in the forms of taxes and user fees.

The State of Minnesota has a $40 Billion budget this last cycle. More money than has ever been confiscated from Minnesotans and spent on our so called behalf. But apparently none of that money can or should be used for roads, bridges, and highways.

You see, politicians are terrified that if we start to spend existing state money on a core function of Government, people will start to see how much wasteful and mis-prioritized – spending already takes place. That’s why they are all clamoring for new taxes – aka: “revenue streams” – to fix what they have been ignoring for decades.

The dishonesty from the protectors of the nanny state is simply mesmerizing. They race out to the camera spotlights and spew talking points about how they need more money. Meanwhile they just blew through $40 Billion and never bothered to even think about our troubled roads and bridges.

The fact is that Governor Dayton, former Speaker of the House Rep. Thissen, and Majority Leader Tom Bakk – ALL DEMOCRATS  who had complete control of the State Government last year and could do anything they wanted, mind you – spent more money on the new Senate Office building than they did in the bonding bill for roads and bridges.

Minnesotans not only need better governance, they need honest politicians with better priorities than what we have now. For pete’s sake, they are going to hold road and bridge money hostage to a few billion more wasted on damn light rail boondoggles. Adding operating expenses to our already strained budget fight.

Every day when I sit in a known bottle neck with no plans for fixing, on that bridge held up by wood, or at a stop light so that empty choo choo can run on time, I feel betrayed. Minnesotans are being betrayed on a daily basis by the politicians we elect to serve us. But for some reason we just keep sending them back and the media keeps spinning the yarns that knit the narrative that we just can’t possibly fund a core function of government out of the general fund. Because that would mean the $40 Billion we have already spent is potentially not a priority.

These people spend their careers carving out pots of money for their friends, political allies, and buddies while shirking one of the core responsibilities of Government – a safe and reliable transportation network. There are people who have lost their lives in accidents over the years due to the direction of duty, but it appears no one cares.

When I see politicians and bureaucrats on camera telling me they just need more money to fix my problem the phrase ‘stop pissing on my leg and telling me its raining’ comes to mind.

Like Kids In The Candy Store – DFL Electioneering Bills Launched

No this is not an April Fools joke.

A pair of House proposals is being released to spend a combined $975 million on public works construction projects.

Rather than putting everything into one bill, House Capital Investment Committee Chairwoman Alice Hausman says she’ll introduce two on Tuesday. She says one will contain $850 million worth of proposed borrowing and the other will have $125 million in projects that would be paid in cash.

It’s an unusual tact, but one spurred on in part by the state’s surplus. Lawmakers plan to pay cash for some things to save on interest costs.

There’s also political intrigue. Borrowing bills require three-fifths majorities to pass. A cash bill would require only a simple majority.

By Capital Investment, DFLers mean, making sure their special interests get all the kick backs so they will work for Democrats to maintain control of the Capital.

Dayton & DFL’s $4.7 Billion Tax Increase

He’s the MMB’s document taking a look into the crystal ball in future budget forecasts.

Mind you, this is all predicated on the notion that nothing in the economy changes. Such as, there are no massive lawoffs and business relocations due to Obamacare, a Billion minimum wage (aka employee tax hike), or the other anti-business taxes like the warehouse tax or Worker’s comp tax Democrats have imposed.

It’s time to ramp up the effort to retake the MN House and win every statewide office folks, because if we don’t do something to stop the Democrats, no one will be able to afford living in Minnesota.