The Downtrodden State Employee?

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from the Minnesota Watchdog, October 13, 2017… Quote of the Week: “We’re tired of being pawns in a political game where Republicans think they can score points by beating up on hardworking people. They reject our contracts while they approve massive tax breaks for corporations and their wealthy cronies. Shame on them.” – AFSCME Council 5 president Elliot Seide There was a shriek and a howl emanating from the Capitol this week as some unionized state employees learned that the legislature’s Subcommittee in Employee Relations (SER) had refused to rubber stamp their collective bargaining agreement. The SER, on a party line 6-4 vote, rejected interim approval of the latest two-year agreement between the state and two bargaining units representing 29,000 state employees. The SER is comprised of select …

Republican Majority 2017 Accomplishments

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In no particular order, here are changes passed by the legislature and signed into law during the 2017 legislative season. $650 million in tax relief – largest in nearly two decades Our state’s budget surpluses of recent years indicate that the Democrats’ multi-billion dollar tax increases of 2013 were extreme (not that some of us didn’t know it at the time). $300 million investment in roads – most since 2008 Not just bike paths or light rail… roads and bridges. Blocked Gov. Dayton’s universal health care Stabilized the individual health insurance market Stopped Gov. Dayton’s license tab fee increase Banned state funding for Southwest Light Rail Outlawed illegal immigrant driver’s licenses Who in their right mind offers government privileges to foreign law breakers? Allowed Sunday liquor sales Some …

Dayton’s Management

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from the Minnesota Watchdog, June 16th, 2017 With Governor Dayton in the twilight of his administration, the tired, vapid retrospectives have already begun. The Legacy media, when not busy savaging the character of President Trump, has busied itself propagating the narrative that Mark Dayton was some sort of financial genius regarding his stewardship of the state’s finances. This narrative may be more laughable than the Dayton-is-a-detail-oriented-executive narrative. Guess what?  Any grade schooler can balance revenues with kid-in-the-candy-store spending desires when it’s possible to forcefully expropriate money from the private economy. So Mark Dayton, with the willingness of big spending DFLers in the legislature, jacked up taxes high enough to cover big spending. That’s not a difficult task. Moreover, there are just a couple of extra holes in that …