Mark Dayton vetoes the GOP’s $900 million budget proposal yesterday. His stated reason – at least, the one for consumption by the not-very-well-informed was that Dayton didn’t want to “…force local government to raise property taxes”.
Which is lunacy, of course; as we’ve discussed in this space many times, “Local Government Aid” is merely a money-laundering scam to fob city spending (by spendthrift DFL city councils cut from the same cloth as Mark Dayton) off on state taxpayers; since the largely-GOP-voting cities outside the top five – mostly outer ‘burbs and outstate – rarely actually get LGA. Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Duluth get vastly more LGA per capita than the rest of the state.
Why shouldn’t cities be accountable to their own voters for their own spending?
But I digress. This is the game Dayton wants to play?
Dayton wants to turn Minnesota into a cold California, taxing and spending and telling the taxpayers, especially the business and investing classes ,”like it or lump it”.
Senate Majority leader Koch has the Governor pretty well dialed in:
Dayton made a lot of noises during the campaign about “working across the aisle”. I figured at the time it was just wind in sails; he figured he was going to have at least one friendly chamber in the Legislature.
The Governor’s special-interest masters don’t want to give on a single dollar.
Let’s get ready for a shutdown!