Posted at 1:50 PM on July 4, 2011
by Catharine Richert
That was fast.
Just four days after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement, the left-leaning Alliance for a Better Minnesota is highlighting the government shutdown in a new ad campaign meant to build support for Gov. Mark Dayton's tax plan.
The radio ads, which are playing in Duluth, Brainerd and Bemidji, target holiday vacationers, ABM executive director Denise Cardinal told MPR's Rupa Shenoy over the weekend.
"The holiday weekend is here. And people are headed out to fish the lakes, go camping and enjoy our state parks. But this Fourth of July weekend won't be much fun for a lot of Minnesotans. You see, the Republicans in the Legislature refuse to compromise, and instead shut down the government. So state parks are shut down. There's no way to get a fishing license and all state campgrounds are closed for business. The Republican shutdown has cost thousands of jobs, and that's just the beginning. Why did the Republicans make such a drastic choice? To protect the richest Minnesotans from paying their fare share of taxes. There's a better choice: Governor Dayton's compromise budget protects the middle class and 98 percent of Minnesotans will have no tax increase. Call you legislators at 855-508-6421. Tell them it's time to compromise and support a budget that protects the middle class. Paid for by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota."
As an aside, you can see here what compromises both Dayton and GOP lawmakers were willing to offer during budget negotiations last week.
To understand why those negotiations fell apart, check out Tom Scheck's story here.