Posted at 2:21 PM on July 12, 2011
by Catharine Richert
The social networking site is peppered with pages about the state's budget impasse - some in support of Republican legislators and some in support of Gov. Mark Dayton.
In most cases, it's difficult to tell who's behind these pages. Here's a handful that have gained some attention online:
I support Gov. Mark Dayton has 10,389 fans who clearly support Dayton's plan to increase income taxes. Its info page states, "We want Minnesota's wealthiest to at least pay their fair share of taxes: the same effective tax rate as the rest of us. Anything less is immoral."
On the other side of the debate is Call Us Back to Work. This page states that "Governor Dayton's shut down of state government is devastating to Minnesota and it is completely unnecessary." On the "Basic Information" page, it lists links to the House and Senate GOP facebook pages.
No Minnesota Government Shutdown has 772 fans, and appears to be non-partisan. It's motto: "No matter your politics, plain and simple a Minnesota government shutdown is a bad idea."
Recall MN Governor Dayton has 26 fans, and says, "A MN Government shutdown is not a solution - let's recall Dayton now!"
Tell The Government of Minnesota That This Shutdown is NOT acceptable has 219 fans, and appears to have been started by an individual who, on June 29, wrote, "We need to stage peaceful rallys to let these people see exactly who is going to be effect by this. I propose that if this goes through, we all go down to our local courthouses at noon on July 1st and let them hear our voices loud and clear!"
As a non-partisan in the debacle we now know as the "Minnesota State Shutdown," I want to raise a voice not for the wealthy, but for those struggling to pay the bills. The unemployed and dislocated workers who rely on state-funded career and job search resources are struggling to find the help they are needing. With work force centers temporarily shut down, they have no where else to turn. With the unemployment rate growing from 9.1% to 9.2% and only 18,000 jobs being filled in June 2011, we need to be conscious of the impact the state shutdown will not only have on those wanting to help job seekers, but the unemployed. If things continue to stay the same, I expect the unemployment rate for Minnesota to continue to rise and fewer jobs will be filled. These individuals are among those that need are help the most.