Saturday, July 09, 2005 

Shutdown Shuts Down

As you undoubtedly know by now, the partial government shutdown is over.

A couple of bloggers, notably Moses and Smartie, don't seem very happy about the compromise, but I have to disagree with them. Obviously, most of us aren't going to come out completely satisfied - this is, after all, a compromise. But considering that the DFL controls the Senate, while the GOP owns both the House and Governor's Mansion, we got a hell of a deal, and we are victorious in almost every area we fought for.

When we replace Gov. Pawlenty and gain those two seats in the House, we can win it all.

Friday, July 08, 2005 

Marathon

Gov. Pawlenty, Sen. Johnson, Speaker Sviggum have been negotiating just about forever. This all looks very hopeful. Impressive that everyone's sticking it out, even at 1:30 AM, rather than calling it quits for the night and finishing tomorrow.

 

Talk About Embarrassing

I just got this. Wow.

 

Rumors

NSP is hearing rumors of a deal having been reached. More throughout the day.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 

Shutdown Coverage

Minnesota Republican Watch and Minnesota Critic are doing incredible jobs covering different aspects of the shutdown. NSP is a bit stalled, with almost no legislative action and little public negotiating by Gov. Pawlenty, Speaker Sviggum, and Sen. Johnson.

Monday, July 04, 2005 

Independence Day

A safe, healthy, and happy 4th of July to all.

Sunday, July 03, 2005 

"Tax and Spend Timmy"

The Minnesota Critic is all over the shutdown coverage. Go read.

I'm also going to respond here to SD42 Webmaster, who has been leaving comments on this blog and over at MDE. The question that he/she has posed is various forms of the following:
The Republicans propose to raise spending 8 PERCENT. How can this possibly not be enough?
No one seems to have answered adequately for him/her, so I'll do my best here.

To properly answer, one has to understand what that number means. And as best as I can tell, it means that Minnesota will spend 8% more money in the next biennium compared to the money it spends now. And at first, that might sound like a lot, but lets break that figure down. I'm told by folks who are supposed to be knowledgeable about this stuff that the 8% number is over the entire biennium, and that it actually means that state spending is going up by 4% a year. That doesn't sound like quite as much, does it? Next, consider inflation, which is (while I don't have exact figures) in the neighborhood of a couple percent a year. Then consider that the state's population is rising, and thus Minnesota is providing services for more people, and that tax revenue is also rising. Finally, the number that SD42 cites may also include accounting shifts that the Legislature made last year. If you spent $100 on something last year, but you paid the credit card bill this year, would you choose to say you spent the money last year or this year? Last year's Legislature chose to say they spent it this year. Thus, 8% may sound like a lot, but really is not enough for all the worthwhile things we need to fund and invest in. I understand that, at 8%, the state actually spends less money per Minnesotan. And I just don't think that's acceptable.

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