Yesterday, Rep. Steve Gottwalt asked if the Dayton administration would prepare a budget that included spreadsheets and fiscal notes. What he was told is stunning and disappointing.
One of the commissioners told him they were busy with shutdown preparations so he couldn’t guarantee anything. Let me repeat that. The Dayton administration is too busy shutting government down to find time to avert a shutdown.
Let’s understand that this means that Gov. Dayton isn’t doing everything possible to prevent the laying off of 23,000 state employees effective July 1. Public employees need to comprehend what’s happening. The governor that they financially supported through ABM is giving them the finger.
Gov. Dayton is telling them that they’ll be unemployed indefinitely. He’s put a higher priority on raising taxes than he’s put on keeping state employees employed.
In his drive to raise taxes, Gov. Dayton is sending 23,000 state workers to the unemployment lines for an indefinite period of time.
Last night, a retired union worker asked Sen. Pederson, Rep. Gottwalt and Rep. Banaian where their jobs were. If I’d had the opportunity, I’d tell him that they’re missing thanks to Gov. Dayton’s shutdown is slated to wipe out 23,000 jobs in a single day.
Gov. Dayton is long on brinksmanship and short on statesmanship. He’s acted like a spoiled brat throughout these negotiation-free budget negotiations.
Gov. Dayton supporters, kick back in your recliners. You’ll have the time because you’ll be unemployed. That’s because, in Mark Dayton’s Minnesota, you get hurt while Gov. Dayton declares his chef and gardener as essential operations.
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