by Woodbury Bulletin
June 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm in Woodbury Bulletin
ST. PAUL — Political differences separating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators when they took office at the first of this year shut down state government today. Continue Reading
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the bottom line “politics” of the situation seems obvious. dayton wanted a shutdown, hoping that the republicans would be blamed for it. then he could get a dfl dominated legislature in 2013. and then open the road to the dfl agenda. and will the repubs have to agree to a tax increase as the price of ending the shutdown? good question.
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should expand my previous comment to say that dayton and his people wanted a shutdown. am told on very good authority that the parties involved had, at the 11th hr, cut a deal but that dayton withdrew his consent after getting heat from some of his fellow dfl’ers. anyway, if the dems really wanted to avoid a shutdown, they could have agreed to a “lights on” bill, giving both parties time to continue their wrangling (while avoiding all the misery caused by a shutdown). and for what its worth, dayton allegedly said that he objected to the repubs proposals because of the social issue policies enshrined therein. if that is in fact what he claimed he was either badly misinformed or, more likely, he was lying. the proposals in question contained no social policy language/ the so-called social issues were simply “not on the table”.
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