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
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.
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.