Sunday morning, I DVR’ed At Issue With Tom Hauser for the first time since the election. I’m glad I did, though not because I agreed with what I heard. The majority of the show was Hauser’s interview of Gov. Dayton on his budget.

The dishonest things that Gov. Dayton said were insulting to thinking people. About 6 minutes into the show, Gov. Dayton said that “The GOP wouldn’t tell me what spending I should cut.”

First, I highlighted here how Gov. Dayton is cutting spending by $225,000,000 but raising taxes by $3,700,000,000. It’s apparent that Gov. Dayton isn’t interested in cutting spending. Neither is the DFL legislature. They can’t afford it because they’ve got too many political allies to repay with taxpayers’ money.

Next, it’s insulting that Gov. Dayton would lie like that. The GOP legislature passed a budget complete with spending cuts and spending priorities. Gov. Dayton and the DFL didn’t like that budget, which led to Gov. Dayton’s veto of the legislature’s budget.

If Gov. Dayton said that he disagreed with the GOP budget, everyone who paid attention to the budget fight would agree. Saying that Republicans didn’t offer specific cuts in their omnibus bills is exceptionally dishonest.

Unfortunately, Gov. Dayton telling whoppers isn’t surprising. It’s disappointing but it isn’t surprising.

Later in the interview, Hauser asked Gov. Dayton how he’d reconcile his sales tax and cigarette tax proposals with what he said on the campaign trail in 2010. Here’s what Gov. Dayton said:

GOV. DAYTON: Well, if my tax proposal in 2011, which was no tax increase for sales or property or individuals, which would’ve raised taxes on the wealthiest 2% by 2 points, if that would’ve been adopted, we would have no deficit going into the next biennium. We would be able to pay off the school shift entirely.

That’s nonsense. First, Gov. Dayton’s initial tax increase proposal called for creating a top tax bracket of 10.95%, compared with the top tax bracket today of 7.85%. Next, Gov. Dayton’s initial tax increase proposal included a 3% surcharge on income over $1,000,000 a year.

Most importantly, Gov. Dayton didn’t explain why raising the sales and cigarette taxes were taxes against workers in 2010 but it’s ok to raise them now.

The truth is that Gov. Dayton, like DFL legislators, loves all tax increases. He just loves confiscatory income tax increases on “the rich” most of all.

Finally, the GOP legislature passed a bill that would’ve paid off the school shift last year. Gov. Dayton vetoed it. This year, Dr. Cassellius, his Education commissioner, admitted in testimony that Gov. Dayton’s education budget wouldn’t pay off the school shift until 2017.

I repeat. Gov. Dayton will raise the income tax and the cigarette tax while applying the sales tax to dozens of things it doesn’t apply to now but he won’t pay off the school shift until 2017. That’s several political lifetimes from now.

That’s why Gov. Dayton’s policies are totally unacceptable for Main Street Minnesota.

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5 Responses to “Dayton on KSTP: GOP wouldn’t tell me what spending they’d cut”

  • Speed Gibson says:

    I saw this and Almanac’s interview, just recitation (regurgitation?) of the same few talking points, no substance, just some crap about fairness and a lot of false information as you noted. What he proposes is actually even more “regressive” than current law. Worse, it takes dead aim at jobs, draining capital from job creators (4th bracket), raising costs with new taxes, and don’t forget the minimum wage increase. Meanwhile, we as customers will have less to spend in those businesses.

    George Draper Dayton must be spinning in his grave.

  • walter hanson says:


    The fact that the man doesn’t want to do spending cuts (after all in the last budget he proposed more spending) shows he doesn’t care. How about we spent $36 billion last year lets try to spend just $36 billion.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    Rex, the worst part of Gov. Dayton’s chanting points regurgitation is that it isn’t about economic principles, which I’m writing about Tuesday am. It’s about fairness, as you noted. That’s drivel trying to pass as policy.

    Walter, here’s something frightening to think about. The last budget that TPaw signed was for $30.171 billion. When Gov. Dayton signs this budget, it’ll spend almost $40 billion.

    That’s frightening because it means Gov. Dayton will have increased spending by 33% in 4 years.

    Here’s something else that’s frightening: if the budget passed during Perpich’s last term in office was adjusted for population growth & inflation, the budget this legislature would pass would be less than $25 billion.

  • Nick says:

    When will the legislature stand up to the higher education bureaucrats and freeze all the cost of tuition that students have to pay to the universities?

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