Dayton has agreed to the GOP budget:
Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday morning that he is willing to accept Republicans’ June 30 budget offer, which would close a $1.4 billion budget difference by delaying payment of school funds and borrowing against the state’s tobacco settlement.
“This is the only viable option that’s potentially available,” Dayton said.
It’s not a complete, 1940-NFL-Champtionship-style blowout – I think we started negotiations too high, and may have handed Dayton a propaganda point on the school shift, yet again. And not getting VoterID and King Banaian’s Sunset Clause – those hurt.
But let’s focus on the big picture here. We held the line on new taxes. The line is drawn in the sand; government will live within its means, even if “its means” have been stretched more than conservatives want. With redistricting coming up, it’ll be a good message to take back to the voters. And nobody had to do without their Miller and Coors.
Kudos to the legislative freshmen class! I can’t imagine this sort of outcome happening with the MNGOP of ten years ago. Salut!
The next order of business, of course? Press this win onward. Dayton’s down (in a gauzy-focused, politically-sanded-off kind of way); we have to keep kicking.
UPDATE: Was I too exuberant? Perhaps, but I’m not apologizing, since it’s fun to spike the ball even if the play gets called back. Friends of mine in conservative political circles say yes, Dayton’s conditions are too onerous, and the deal is DOA.
So hang in there, folks.