Posted at 9:24 AM on July 5, 2011
by Catharine Richert
If you haven't tuned in yet, make sure to listen to Kerri Miller on Midmorning.
Her guests are Patricia Lopez of the Star Tribune and Steve Perry of Politics in Minnesota. They'll be talking government shutdown.
Remember as we cut education its a temp.fix, because in the future we will build more prisons to take care of those we did not educate or take minimal care of the poor.
I think we should take this opportunity to permanently shut down all agencies unless they can convince a court that they are critical services, or at least meet the standard that a super majority of Minnesotan's feel the service or agency is worth paying for.
We've been incrementally building government for years, and there doesn't seem to be any way to cut it back. It doesn't seem like a very healthy eco-system.
Republicans keep comparing the state budget to a family budget and they say you can't just choose to make more money. Isn't our state more like a business where we as the residents of the state are the customers and the State provides services like roads, parks, schools etc. So please find me a hardware store, or grocery store, that lowers their prices 9 years ago, and while products cost more & more every year, they refuse to raise prices on their goods or services.
Maybe the voters gave both parties a mandate and the voters want cuts and controlled spending on inefficient programs, while raising taxes on those best equipped to sustain it and afford it. Thus, we would have compromise, and bring out State back into balance. Governor Dayton get this, why can't any Republicans wrap their brains around this?!?
I agree with Michael and would expand on his analogy by saying that it seems like if given a choice in a 'business scenario', republicans would lay off valued employees rather than raise their prices slightly to avoid putting their employees on the street.