Posted at 8:59 AM on July 7, 2011
by Catharine Richert
It's day seven of the government shutdown, and so far, there are no budget talks scheduled today.
Brief talks ended yesterday on a sour note: Gov. Mark Dayton offered two new alternative budget plans, but both raised taxes and Republican leaders rejected them as a result. House Speaker Kurt Zellers called Dayton's offers disappointing.
In other news, MPR's Tom Scheck writes that,
The chairs of the House and Senate Transportation Committees will appear before Kathleen Blatz, the Special Master assigned to hear pleas on why certain government services should continue during the shutdown. GOP Rep. Mike Beard and GOP Sen. Joe Gimse plan to request that a judge declare that the state's road construction projects are essential services and need to continue operating.
Also going before Blatz today is Polymet Mining, a Canadian company trying to open a copper-nickle mining operation near Babbitt. The company will argue that state officials working on the environmental review for the proposed mine should be allowed to go back to work.
Remember what's happening with Wisconsin, I won't be voting for a republican anytime soon. Protecting the rich isn't helping anyone EXCEPT: the very rich!
I won't be voting for DFL anytime soon, sending MN jobs to SoDak, NoDak, Iowa, Wisconsin. MN House sent a balanced budget to the Gov--he is holding Minnesota hostage to his radical agenda.
What jobs have gone to all of our border states?
The House sent the Gov a budget, and he vetoed it. Since then, compromise proposals from Gov. Dayton have been countered with the same, already vetoed budget.
I thought Republicans were eliminating redundancy in government.