On the show on Saturday, I talked about how the Dayton “2.0” budget – his second shot at the budget, after his first attempt came up three freaking billion dollars short – was still one freaking billion dollars short.
Someone called off the air asking for proof; I’d gotten into an interview, so couldn’t answer it right away.
But the answer, as a matter of fact, is on the Dayton “Mulligan budget” website, down at the very bottom.
TOTAL SPENDING CUTS: $1.213 Billion
TOTAL REVENUE INCREASES & SPENDING CUTS: $4.876 Billion
FORECAST DEFICIT : $5.766 Billion
So do the math; the difference is $890 Million Dollars.
That’s after raising taxes on “the rich” (families making over $150K a year); that’s after a tax hike twelve times the size of the $400 million hike that the DFL-dominated legislature managed to pass by one vote (Tarryl Clark’s!) during a session at the height of Obamamania.
If the media weren’t so busy checking up on Tom Emmer’s landscapers and exactly what percentage of cities he said received Local Government Aid, the people might actually know something about this and…
…oh, wait. Never mind.