I sorta spiked the ball in the endzone yesterday with the news that Gov. Dayton had, more or less, accepted the GOP’s budget deal.
Was I premature? Of course. But as I noted yesterday, even if they call the play back, spiking the ball is fun. And what the heck – I was happy, and there’s nothing libs hate more than unsanctioned happiness.
The deal – accepting the GOP’s budget, in exchange for an eduction budget shift (a bit of accounting flummery), $500 million in bonding, and backing off Keith Downey’s “15 by 15” plan to reduce the state workforce by 15% by 2015, and of the “social bills” – everything from stem cell research restrictions to Voter ID.
Dayton did not get his big goal – a tax hike to chastize entrepreneurs. He got his “compromise” budget number, sort of – by using the shift, not via his pride and joy, the highest income tax rate in the nation.
Gary Gross over at LFR notes:
I don’t have a problem with the removal of the so-called social issues from the budget bill. There’s plenty of time to debate those issues. I’m ok with removing Keith Downey’s 15 by 15 reform with one condition: that Rep. King Banaian’s HF2 priority-based budget reform legislation, including his Sunset Commission provision, be part of the final package.
That’s the money line right there; beyond making government “live within its means” – which the GOP did, albeit not as far within its means as I’d like – we need to get budget reforms out of this session.
Getting serious, significant budget reforms out of this session has got to be the deal-breaker. I’m hoping our legislative freshmen come back for the special session loaded for bear.