This week, Rep. Paul Thissen did his best Woodie Allen impression of the whining, snivelling wimp Allen often played in movies. Rep. Thissen did that in the hopes that people wouldn’t notice that they’ve orphaned Gov. Dayton’s budget.

Rep. Thissen and Sen. Bakk must’ve orphaned Gov. Dayton’s budget because they’ve apparently left it without protection or care. It’s to the point that I’m looking for it on milk cartons and billboards.

I can’t blame them, though, considering what Gov. Dayton packed into it. I remember the crickets chirping when Gov. Dayton announced his tax-the-rich scheme. I remember hearing those crickets return when he talked about his $1,000,000,000 bonding bill. I remember Rachel Stassen-Berger asking Rep. Thissen and Sen. Bakk THREE TIMES whether they’d support Gov. Dayton’s tax increases:

One exchange:

Question: “Do you support the tax increases in this bill?”

Thissen: “The governor is delivering on what he promised. We have always been in our DFL caucus in favor of a solution that is going to be fair…We need to look at the details of it. I think the most important thing now to look at is asking the Republicans, okay, what’s your answer.”

Question: “That didn’t answer the question…Do you support these tax increases?”

Bakk: “If you look at the tax incidence study, it will show you that more well to do Minnesotans, especially those over $500,000 in income pay a little bit over eight percent of their income in taxes and the rest of us, in the middle class and lower income Minnesotans, pay about 12.3 percent. And I think from a policy standpoint, the governor is right that everyone should be expect to pay about the same percentage of their income in state and local taxes.”

A third:

Question: “So yes or no. Do you two support the tax package in the governor’s proposal? Yes or no.”

Bakk: “Well, I certainly want to see the budget pages and I’m not going to tell you if they offer a vote on it I’m going to vote yes or no on it because we are actually having a hearing in the tax committee (to delve into the budget) either tomorrow or Thursday…After Thursday I can probably give you an answer.”

Stassen-Berger asked that question on Feb. 15th. It’s now March 30. Sen. Bakk certainly has had time to read Gov. Dayton’s budget by now.

You’d think that Gov. Dayton would be more worried about his orphaned budget. He isn’t. He isn’t because he’s too busy issuing ultimatums about what shouldn’t be in the legislation that the GOP has written and worked through the committee/amendment process.

It seems that Gov. Dayton, Sen. Bakk and Rep. Thissen don’t care about Gov. Dayton’s budget. Further, we haven’t seen it since Gov. Dayton submitted it 44 days ago. Given the lack of attention that this trio has paid to Gov. Dayton’s budget, I think it’s appropriate to classify Gov. Dayton’s budget as orphaned.

Here’s one of the definitions of orphaned according to

a person or thing that is without protective affiliation, sponsorship, etc.: The committee is an orphan of the previous administration.

I’d argue that that definition fits Gov. Dayton’s budget to a T. Gov. Dayton’s budget certainly is missing sponsorship. Gov. Dayton’s budget “is without protective affiliation.”

Gov. Dayton, Sen. Bakk and Rep. Thissen portray themselves as the protectors of the poor, the downtrodden. I won’t buy that characterization until they show they care about Gov. Dayton’s orphaned budget.

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10 Responses to “Gov. Dayton’s Orphaned Budget”

  • walter hanson says:


    No offense, but shouldn’t we be more descriptive like aborted or killed!

    Dayton seems to be in campaign mode because that might be the only thing that gets him excited. it certainly doesn’t sound like he’s trying to govern.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    There’s no corpse. Ergo, there’s no proof of abortion or homicide.

  • eric z says:

    The GOP had better watch out.

    The more they disadvantage teachers in Minnesota, the more they will drive them out of state.

    To North Dakota or some such place.

    We will lose those who educate the young, and the young will grow up illiterate and ill-prepared for adult life. That is bad because we already have too many Republicans, and don’t need the increase.

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