I have broken the Tenth Commandment.
Quotes from “the Governor”:
“Under our administration, state government will do only what is necessary – no more, no less,”
[in] his first day in office [the governor authorized his Attorney General] to join a lawsuit challenging federal health care reform. Democrats, who controlled state government until Monday, had prevented the…attorney general from doing that last year.
[the Governor] was interrupted 14 times by applause, the loudest and most sustained coming when he declared: “What is failing us is not our people or our places. What is failing us is the expanse of government. But we can do something about it right here, right now, today.”
[the Governor proposed legislators, in special session, move to] give tax breaks to business owners and income tax credits for contributions to health savings accounts; reduce business regulations; provide protections from lawsuits; give the governor more say in state rule making; turn the state Department of Commerce into a partly private entity to focus on job creation; and require a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of the Legislature to approve any increases to the state sales, income and franchise taxes.
[the Governor] also promised to improve education, protect natural resources, honor the role of family and “right-size state government by ensuring government is providing only the essential services our citizens need and our taxpayers can afford.”
“Let me be clear on one thing: Increasing taxes is off the table – as it will counter our efforts to provide economic growth”
“[This State] is open for business.”
Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Governor.
Meanwhile, back at the Batcave, Governor Dayton was heard to say