Posted at 9:27 AM on July 6, 2011
by Catharine Richert
It's Wednesday, the shutdown is six days old, and there's no budget agreement in sight.
Right now, the parties are more than one billion dollars apart. They met yesterday to continue budget talks, but didn't make progress. Dayton and GOP legislators are slated to meet again today.
This morning, House Speaker Kurt Zellers talked about revenue options with Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer. MPR's Elizabeth Dunbar writes,
Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers said delaying payments to school districts and raising revenue through new gambling are both options when it comes to balancing the state's budget.
Zellers, in an interview on MPR's Morning Edition, said borrowing against the state's future tobacco settlement payments is also an option. But he said Dayton rejected a plan that would have combined the school payments shift and tobacco bonds, and he isn't confident Dayton would sign a gambling bill.
While GOP lawmakers contend that the two parties are close on several revenue and policy priorities, MPR's Tom Scheck reports Dayton saying, "I'm not hopeful any more than I was before the meeting, because I think we've got the same gulf between us that we've had all along."
What we do know is that there are a number of revenue options available to Dayton and lawmakers. Settling on one or two - and potentially coming to agreement on policy changes and spending cuts - is the hard part. Here's a handy list of potential revenue raisers lawmakers in the Captiol may be mulling, and how much money each one would bring in.
If they don't hurry up I have to cut my time short with my kids and take them back to their mom. I cannot afford day care and I rely on child care assistance.
I was always fond of Minnesota the two years I have lived here, but not my opinion has changed drastically.
If these lawmakers can't do the job they have been hired to do they need to be disciplined and fired. The rich need to pay their fair share. This us ludicrous.