Looking back at my liveblogging notes, it’s apparent that Gov. Dayton’s agenda really does include spending up to (and possibly beyond) the $38.5 billion it would take for a $6.2 billion deficit.
Gov. Dayton’s speech had more references to the past than any other state of the (fill in the blank) speech I’ve ever listened to. It also contained the most proposed spending increases of any SOS address I’ve ever listened to. BY ALOT.
Despite Minnesota facing a $6.2 billion deficit projection, Gov. Dayton said that we’ll need to spend even more. If you eliminate the spending, the trashing of Gov. Pawlenty and the rousing standing ovation for the military family, the speech wouldn’t have lasted more than 3-5 minutes.
Early in the speech, Gov. Dayton called for a pledge that the legislature not shut the government down. That’s overheated talk of extraordinary proportions. There won’t be a government shutdown unless Gov. Dayton insists on following through with his job-killing tax increases. PERIOD.
It’s apparent that Gov. Dayton is getting pushed by education lobbyists. During the debates, Candidate Dayton promised to increase spending on education “no exceptions, no excuses.” Then his tax-the-rich scheme was found to only generate $1.9 billion in additional revenue, not the predicted $4 billion.
Suddenly, there were exceptions. Today, that promise returned.
Rep. Winkler’s post-SOS statement is, as expected, delusional. Here’s its opening:
It was refreshing to hear Governor Dayton speak openly and honestly about the challenges we face. The simple choice before us is an all-cuts budget or a cuts plus revenue budget.
There wasn’t any talk about cutting anything in Gov. Dayton’s speech. Is Rep. Winkler from a distant galaxy where they can hear things that weren’t said? Or is he just a typical DFL flak doing his best to spin today’s disastrous speech? I suspect the latter.
Rep. Steve Gottwalt had a dramatically different take on Gov. Dayton’s speech:
Liberals have to perpetuate the “magical misery tour” or they have no justification for raising taxes and growing government. He thanked government employees and applauded government “investments,” but utterly failed to applaud or thank the struggling, hard working and extremely generous employers and job creators in Minnesota. Wow — What a glaring omission!
It was stunning. To listen to Gov. Dayton, you’d think that Minnesota’s checking account was overflowing with cash just begging to be spent. Meanwhile, the only mention of the private sector was to exhort them to invest more in Minnesota, to do exceedingly more than they’re already doing.
Based on Gov. Dayton’s speech today, it’s apparent that he’s clueless about balancing a budget. If he wasn’t trashing the Pawlenty administration, he was advocating for sizeable spending increases or demanding that Minnesota’s small businesses do more than they’re already doing.
Here’s Rep. Banaian’s take on the SOS:
The SOTS talked about jobs and the economy. We agree with him on this, but his plan to invest requires somebody, somewhere, to not consume or invest. Gov. Dayton seems to think it should be free enterprise and the successful individual who must consume or invest less. He argued for letting Mark Dayton decide where to invest rather than Minnesota’s businesses who are seeking new opportunities to expand in this nascent expansion. If they cannot, and if Governor Dayton chooses unwisely where the funds go, it would stall Minnesota’s economy even more than Dayton said we had in the last decade.
I hope he will confirm his understanding of the job-killing properties of our permitting system by signing HF 1 when it reaches his desk. I thought that was the best part of his speech, along with his acknowledgment of Reps. Dan Fabian and Rod Hamilton.
Gov. Dayton hasn’t proven that he knows how to run an industry but his speech is essentially asking the legislature to pass the budget so his administration can “invest” more on the public sector.
I thought we were already spending too much on government. I thought that we weren’t creating a business climate in which Minnesota’s job creators felt secure about investing more money in.
Apparently, Gov. Dayton’s and Rep. Winkler’s world is one in which government’s demands are always justified but businesses’ requests should be denied.
Thankfully, Main Street Minnesota picked a more sensible side last November. They’re for fiscal restraint and setting intelligent priorities. They’re opposed to government that wants more and spends more and delivers little.