Posted at 10:32 AM on June 27, 2011
by Paul Tosto
Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are a couple billion dollars apart in negotiations on a $30-plus billion budget package. While the tension now revolves around whether to add new taxes or revenue, a look at their plans shows the two sides really aren't that far apart on most other stuff.
MPR News reporter Catharine Richert has put together a side-by-side comparison of the Dayton and the Republican-controlled legislature's budgets, which were passed earlier this year and vetoed by Dayton.
Or click on the graphics below for a larger view. ( Note: Updated with new data 12:40 p.m.)
Comparison II: The Associated Press has a nice piece comparing the 2005 Minnesota government shutdown and what happened compared to what we're looking at in 2011. "Shutdown 2011 stands to be far more sweeping than in 2005, when only parts of state government were shuttered."
When was Dayton's budget passed? It seems odd that he would veto his own budget. Why would he do that?
Most people learn to compromise by the time they become adults. A few don't. We call those few "Republicans". The Republicans think that instead of meeting the governor part way, they can just spin the public into believing their nonsense. OK, so you think you're right. The governor thinks he's right too. He can make a case too. Split the difference, like he's keeps offering you.
Let be adult here and find a comon ground and compromise. I can't believe that these ppl can not see how many families will be affected by their nonsense. let us get rid of them all at once and start all over again
Most people learn to comprimise by the time they become adults. A few don't. We call those few "DEMOCRATS", Dayton will not meet anybody halfway, the GOP put forth a balanced $34 billion dollar budget, but liberal socialist thieves want MORE!!!!
I would like to know what the last budget numbers were in 2010/2011 and compare it to both the govenor's and legislatures budget for 2011/2012. Both budgets are increases, the govenor's a little over 11% and the legislature's about 6%. Nobody's decreasing anything. Was there a surplus on the last budget in 2010/2011? I hear just political rhetoric and no facts on these basic need to know facts. If I ran my household or business on assumptions with the bits and pieces we hear in the media, I would be broke. Give me some facts so I can see if they make sense, PLEASE.