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.

Can Dayton Prevent MNSure’s Failure Before Public Is Fully Addicted To Government Run Health Insurance

The Democrat policy that was supposed to fix expensive health insurance needs another bailout proving once again that the whole program is not only a scam, but unsustainable.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lackluster enrollment in private plans and shrinking federal funds may force the state to cover a greater share of Minnesota’s healthinsurance exchange.

MNsure stands to get another $11.7 million in state money from Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal for technological improvements. The state has to chip in more because public plan signups have far outpaced private plan enrollments.

The governor also wants to assume costs for staff that review insurance rates and investigate complaints. Those changes would bring the state’s running tab for the exchange to at least $23 million.

Don’t forget, the people who Dayton put in charge to run this thing already got performance bonuses. They were only held accountable for a failed launch after it was too late. There was no oversight of MNSure, “The Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange”.

I have been saying that Obamacare was a trojan horse for single-payer government run insurance since before it was hastily rushed through a Democrat Congress. It was clear to most sane people that Obamacare was a tourniquet for Health Insurance problems, not a cure. It was not designed to fix the high cost of health insurance and health care. I believe it was specifically designed to destroy the existing system.

You see, Obamacare was designed to bankrupt insurance companies. Mandating coverage of everyone, no matter how expensive their preexisting condition is, is going to have ramifications.  Democrats who passed Obamacare & MNSure must have known that this would hurt everyone else. Oh yeah, they call that fairness.

The fact is Democrats never intended insurance exchanges like MNSure and Healthcare.gov to be the solution. But the problem is, that their placebo has failed too soon. The question is, do we have the stomach for actually repealing a failed and unsustainable entitlement before people get addicted to “free” expensive stuff that ends up ruining entire sectors of our economy?

You see, if Mark Dayton can bandaid MNSure together for a few more years, more people will get addicted to government run, very poorly, health insurance they will be too afraid to go back to a free market solution.

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.

Is Gov. Dayton Retiring Already?

During the 2014 campaign, Republicans were shunned for stating that Mark Dayton was not going to be able to finish his term and that Tina Smith was going to be Governor so the media should do some… you know… reporting on just how radical she is. Some of us were wagering on how long after the swearing in that Dayton would resign.

Anyone have less than a month?

Via today’s Morning Take from Blois Olson

TODAY:  Lt. Governor Tina Smith will attend a regularly-scheduled meeting of the Governor’s Cabinet…Lt. Governor Smith also will meet with Governor Dayton, commissioners and staff throughout the day. At 10:00am, Lt. Governor Smith will attend a meeting of the Capitol Preservation Commission. At 12:30pm, the Lt. Governor will provide remarks at the Economic Development Association of Minnesota Winter Meeting  In the evening, Lt. Governor Smith will attend a reception at the Governor’s Residence for members of the Minnesota Legislature.

She was acting Governor for the first term of Dayton, now she is just taking over it appears.

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.

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.