Tom Bakk’s end of session spin, Part II

I wrote this post to highlight part of Sen. Bakk’s end-of-session spin. I wouldn’t be telling the entire story if I didn’t write about something Sen. Bakk said at the end of his interview. Here’s what he said on the subject of medical marijuana: SEN. BAKK: I think when this session started, there were probably few lawmakers that thought medical marijuana would likely be the marquee issue of this session. Not many of us, myself included, were thinking about it rising to such a level of that intensity and emotion in the legislature. And it happened because a group of families with their largely disabled children came to the Capitol and they visited legislators and they put the breath under that issue and made legislators ‘look at the plight of my kids and want them to have a better quality of life’. It was a remarkable example of how a small group […]

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Tom Bakk’s end of session spin

If Minnesota voters need proof that the DFL is either delusional or exceptionally skilled liars, this video provides that proof: Starting at the 2:30 mark, Sen. Bakk made this incredible statement: BAKK: It’s been a remarkable 2 year run in this biennium and I think what we showed, as Democrats in control of the governor’s office and both branches of the legislature, first time since 1990, that we could be responsible, not overreach, invest in the things that Minnesotans support and get it done, not only on time but ahead of schedule. That’s breathtakingly dishonest. First, increasing spending by $5,000,000,000 isn’t and act of responsibility, especially in light of the fact that the budget from the previous biennium was the biggest in Minnesota history.

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DFL ignores pothole crisis

Things aren’t going the DFL’s way when MinnPost is harshly criticizing Gov. Dayton and the DFL legislature: The Legislature this year instead appropriated just $11.4 million to fix potholes in 87 counties and another $3.6 million for cities, for a total of $15 million. “That’s about $100,000 per county,” says Margaret Donahoe, executive director of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, a prominent member of MoveMN. Considering that each pothole costs about $1,000 to repair, “It’s a nice gesture, but it doesn’t do the job,” she adds. That’s the gentlest of MinnPost’s criticisms. This is quite a bit harsher:

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DFL facing tough campaign battlefield

Brian Bakst’s article highlights some of the difficulties the DFL faces this election season: Republicans want voters to hear about last year’s tax hikes to feed spending that they warn will push the state onto the rocks, as well as Minnesota’s complications in launching a health insurance exchange. Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, said he also thinks voters will punish Democrats for authorizing a new Senate office building. “It just emphasizes that there is such a disconnect between the folks running the place and where the state is at,” Dean said.

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Voting no on bonding bill

Contrary to what this SC Times editorial says, St. Cloud legislators should vote against the DFL’s pork-filled bonding bill. When you factor this information into the equation, it’s the right thing to do: Not quite so clear-cut are a mix of additional projects statewide proposed to be paid for with cash lawmakers want to pull from the state’s projected budget surplus. Unlike the bonding bill, any negotiated bonding deal using this money requires majority votes only, meaning the DFL controls the outcome. Dayton’s surplus-funded list totals about $126 million. The Senate plan pushes $200 million. And the House plan sits at $125 million, although House DFL leaders have talked of increasing that amount.

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The DFL’s ill-advised priorities

The last thing that the DFL wants to hear right now is that fixing Minnesota’s bridges and filling Minnesota’s potholes is a higher priority for Minnesotans than their giant-sized bonding bill. Whether the DFL wants to admit it or not, the reality is that fixing Minnesota’s potholes is at the top of most Minnesotans’ priorities. Most Minnesotans don’t want the legislature to spend $90,000,000 on an office building that’ll be used 3-4 months each year, especially when that money could’ve been spent on filling potholes. Most Minnesotans don’t want the DFL to spend a month debating whether to pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana if it means the DFL has to ignore the crater-sized potholes they’re hitting on their cities’ streets.

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Corrupt crony capitalism

Recently, I’ve written about a corrupt government agency that’s titled the IRRRB, aka the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board. In this post, I wrote about something that the IRRRB funded: It was a company with direct ties and allegiance to the Democratic Party. After Republican President Richard Nixon’s resignation over the Watergate scandal the business created an “innovative small donor fundraising program called the Dollars for Democrats program,” according to the Meyer Teleservices website. This afternoon, I wrote this post to talk about how the IRRRB resurrected that program with a little twist:

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