Posted at 3:40 PM on July 11, 2011
by Paul Tosto
Responding to Gov. Mark Dayton's press conference this afternoon, GOP Legislative leaders say the governor needs to focus on how the state's spending its money and how to spend less.
MPR News reporter Tom Scheck is tweeting information now from a press conference with Republicans. He writes:
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says a "counter offer" to Dayton is in the works but didn't say when it would be offered. Scheck points out Republicans haven't offered another proposal since the state government shutdown began -- that prior offers are still valid but that Gov. Dayton rejected them.
UPDATE: Here's the video from today's GOP press conference:
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says a "counter offer" to Dayton is in the works but didn't say when it would be offered. She also says Republicans haven't offered another proposal since the state government shutdown began ....
Thank you Amy. Nice to see someone on your side admit fault on the shutdown. 7 months after being sworn in, and 11 days into a shutdown costing millions a day, you have decided it's time to get all legislative. Thanks also for showing the example of your work ethic. But I suppose it's more exciting in front of the cameras spinning tales, than sitting down and doing anything productive.
Your honesty is a refreshing change. Keep it up.
Well,the Senate Maj.Leader Amy Koch has been busy today with a luncheon at the Minneapolis Club...so no time to work on the shutdown, she had just enough time to stand in front of the cameras.
Seneter Koch, Please get back to the table work with the Governer. It is so shamefull for you to admit that you have not provided a counter offer to the Governer since the shutdown has began....ppl are sick and tired of the shutdow. you are killing jobs not creating jobs. if you are really serious about job then I would urge you to work with Governer. You are not only killing government jobs but a lot of private company depend on the government are laying off their employee.
please make this your priority and give a counter offer to the governmer and let us get back to work
The media needs to call the Republicans out every time they lie about saying their budget is 6% more spending than the previous biennium budget. That's a lie, there's no other word to describe it. (Sen Ortman just repeated this lie in a tweet). The last biennium budget was $34 billion in spending (includes school shift, fed stimulus money), the GOP budget offer for this biennium is $34 billion (includes school shift). Simple math will tell you that’s not a 6% increase. The 6% number is the increase in tax revenue collected last biennium with what’s expected to be collected this biennium….however it’s not the “spending” number that the Republicans keep talking about. Dayton’s latest offer increases spending by 3.7%, which is smaller than any of Pawlenty’s biennium budget increases in the 8 years he was governor.
With a couple months left in session, the Governor and GOP were $3.6 billion apart. Dayton offered cuts to government and new revenue, the GOP only offered cuts. It's absolutely astonishing, mind boggling, that while the Governor has made compromise offers of $2 billion dollars, the Republicans have offered $0 in new revenue. $2 billion to $0. The stubborn Republican leadership seems willing to put MN's reputation and future on the line for their own selfish political gain. This is really unbelievable.
Senator Koch has never addressed the thousands of poor Minnesotans who will lose health insurance under the Republicans budget bill. It's so hypocritical... legislators "work" (if that is what all this political posturing can be called) yet they receive cadallic health coverage. Sen. Koch, stop taking your marching orders from unelected people like Tony Sutton and do your job!!!
Nice to see you and the GOP in a
want to work mode
I just got yelled and screamed at by
a homeowner this morning because the
loan would not close on his house, without
a final electrical inspection that I cannot have
This is costing him an extra 30.00 day in interest, and other fees besides the huge inconvience. Also I cannot get paid
leaving me to float a 4000.00 bill
This is just one little example going on in this state. When you and the GOP start getting a little haughty over negotiations, think of this person and many others who are suffering because of this.
They will remember come election time.