House and Senate DFLers say they want to address the state's budget problems over the long-term. DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher didn't offer specifics but say the state needs a greater focus on job creation. Here are the opening statements from Pogemiller and Kelliher:
Pogemiller's new word: "bipartisany"... that was hilarious! These so-called DFL leaders had all of last year to balance the budget without raising taxes. Instead, they passed a Hail Mary tax and spend bill in the last minutes of legislature, then blamed the Gov. for keeping his promise to veto any new taxes. They were outplayed with the unallotment. These speeches tell me 2010 will be a repeat performance.
"They were outplayed with the unallotment. "
This isn't a game. You and Pawlenty, who think it's a game to win, are playing with people's lives! The DFL-led Legislature tried very hard to work with our arrogant, autocratic governor. Raising taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans, as they proposed, would have helped a great deal, and would have, not so incidentally, made the rich pay their fair share. They pay a much lower percentage of their income in taxes than even some of the poorest Minnesotans do.
We have to raise revenue if we don't want to turn into California. Rich people who control the state through Pawlenty are just being greedy.