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.

 

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.

Friends of Dayton Raises Hit MNSure – Pathetic 12% Enrollment Rate Means Big Raises For MNSure Board

If MNSure (Minnesota’s FAILED Health Insurance Exchange) Were A Corporation, Would Lori Swanson Sue? After all, she does have an affinity for suing companies that take advantage of people who happen to receive some preferential or financial assistance from taxpayers.

MNSure is a pathetic failure. Aside from the website being a $200 million joke, the Dayton dream health insurance program is wildly unpopular and failing way short of enrollment goals.

In private sector (AKA: a “real” market place) words: No one is buying and the company would already be bankrupt with everyone fired and criminal investigations for where all the money went would be underway

But in Government work, you get raises! $125,000 in raises for not even coming close to fulfilling enrollments. Originally, MNSure promised over 400,000 users. They downgraded that projection to 100,000 at the beginning of the year and again down to 67,000 in December. Well, 2 days before the deadline, they were at only 50,000 users. (That’s roughly 12% of the original enrollment targets used to sell this program. This few users means that the revenue generated from the taxes added to those policies are not coming in. Which means the program can’t sustain itself. )

Here is a letter from Rep. Greg Davids to the MNSure CEO Scott Leitz for more information.

MNsure2.16

Source: MN House GOP Research

Employee 2013 Compensation
(prorated full year)
2014 Compensation Change Change %
Barber, Carley $89,716 $99,532 $9,816 10.94%
Burns, Katherine $129,314 $151,940 $22,626 17.50%
Cammack, Martin Not Provided Not Provided
Campbell, Joseph - $103,737
Drinkwine, Jodi $70,798 $74,376 $3,578 5.05%
Fink, Krista Jean-Guinn $89,386 $103,381 $13,995 15.66%
Kehner, Carol Ann $131,534 $142,148 $10,614 8.07%
Kennedy, Jessica $83,874 $90,839 $6,965 8.30%
Minikel, Stephen $89,536 $118,715 $29,179 32.59%
Nyanjom, John $88,184 $96,197 $8,013 9.09%
Reich, John $119,186 $126,775 $7,589 6.37%
Turpin, Michael $118,630 $125,364 $6,734 5.68%
Van Sant, David $87,546 $93,730 $6,184 7.06%
Wessel, Christina - $96,451
Total $125,293

 

Dayton: Dang It Bakk, I Was Going To Just Blame GOP

At 11:19 AM yesterday, WCCO ran this story. (link)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he “can live with” a GOP move to modestly trim budgetsof a few state agencies in response to raises he granted department commissioners.

A vital spending bill in the House withholds $40,000 from three departments as offsets for raises. The Departments of Natural Resources, Health and Human Services have other funding at stake in the bill, which is why they were singled out.

Dayton said Thursday he wants to move on from the salary flap. That could be out of his hands because it remains a focus among Republican legislators. One House committee held a hearing on the sizable raises.

The Senate was due to vote Thursday on the stopgap spending measure and it’s possible a salary counterstrike will be tacked on to that bill.

Not even 3 hours later, WCCO posts this story. (link)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota Senate vote to roll back pay raises for state commissioners exposed a deep rift Thursday between Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, a fellow Democrat the governor says “connives behind my back.”

In an unusually public dress-down of a top legislator of his own party, Dayton said he felt blindsided by the vote and would no longer deal with the Senate leader one on one. Dayton said he would veto the bill rescinding the pay increases, legislation that also provides money for the state’s Ebola response and staffing at the sex offender security hospital in St Peter.

“I thought my relationship with Senator Bakk had always been positive and professional. I certainly learned a brutal lesson today that I can’t trust him in what he says to me. He connives behind my back,” Dayton said. The two spoke by phone Thursday in what Dayton described as a pointed conversation.

Bakk was not present at a meeting Dayton held with a half-dozen Democratic senators where he vented about their move.

Bakk, a 21-year lawmaker from Cook, responded in a text message to The Associated Press that he “will not comment on private conversations except to say if he feels that way he was not listening when we had a conversation about the potential options to be considered relative to floor action on the bill.”

The vote to suspend the salary increases was 63-2, with St. Paul’s Sandra Pappas and Minneapolis’ Patricia Torres Ray opposing it. The provision was attached to a $15 million stopgap spending bill plugging shortfalls at the natural resources and health and human services departments as well as the Minnesota Zoo.

In less than 3 hours, Dayton went ballistic on Bakk. At 11:19AM, he was OK with “Republican”  cuts for departments in order to pay his advisors more. But when “Democrats” delayed the pay hikes, Dayton blows a gasket.

I’m not sure Governor Dayton is aware, but the Senate is up for election this cycle, and the DFL record for the last 2 years that Dayton is so proud of, is going to make the DFL holding the Senate majority a tall feat. This is very likely just the first time Senate Democrats push back against Dayton’s reckless agenda.

Of Course Dayton Will Fire State Employees To Pay His Advisors

You know how the left always claims that rich executives get that way by refusing to pay lower tier employees?

Or how when liberals demand employers double the pay of their employees the money just appears on trees with out any adjustments to prices or staffing levels to accommodate the massive payroll burdens of the mandates.

Well, liberal Democrat Governor Mark Dayton has promised his advisors a million in pay raises. Maybe its time all these department heads and cabinet officials understand what its like to run a business (dealing with all the red tape these very same people throw at them every day).

The Commissioners and Dayton Cabinet/advisors should be forced to find savings in their respective areas of responsibility in order to off set their massive pay hikes.

After all, if they are worth it, surely they will find a little waste, fraud, or abuse to earn their pay. Or they could just fire a few janitors or secretaries, another thing liberals claim happens for “exorbitant executive compensation”.

That is what the claim executives do, after all.

Hold them to their own words.

Democrats: Only Government Can Make People Rich

Liberal Logic: When a corporation pays big salaries its greedy and evil and stealing money from poor people, but when state Government pays huge salaries its perfectly OK because they need to retain top talent and that money for that huge bloated salary for a political appointee magically appears. .

I think we all just need to let this stew a bit so the absolute hypocrisy and do as I say not as I do of the Democrat Party of Minnesota is on full display.

 

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.

Can We Finally Put That Whole ‘The GOP Is The Party Of The Rich’ Meme To Bed Yet?

Democrats outspend Republicans 2 to 1 in the 2014 elections. Folks, and members of the media, that money has to come from somewhere. Source: PiPress

The party, in the midst of a decadelong shutout from statewide offices, spent $8.6 million to end the state and federal election drought last year. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party spent $15 million and kept the GOP from picking off any statewide or congressional incumbents. State campaign finance reports were made public Tuesday.

The DFL slush fund, Alliance for a Better Minnesota alone spent $5.3 million.

Here’s another fun little benefit to being a DFLer running for office. Source: MN CFB AFSCME 2014 Year End

AFSME CFB revenue report 2014 screencap

 

Your DFL supporting attack groups get to claim $1 million in unitemized contributions and no one blinks.

The party of the rich and shadow money is the Democrat Party, not the Republicans. Its time for the press to stop repeating the DFL lies.