The Pet Governor

Governor Dayton agreed to a budget deal.

Then, when his leash was yanked by the special interests that own him, he vetoed the budget:

And now? Layoffs are imminent.  Over 400 legislative staff jobs – not to mention the 201 legislators themselves – will find themselves without a paycheck pretty quick here:

The layoffs could include up to 230 regular Minnesota House employees and 204 staffers in the Minnesota Senate.

And that’s not counting 201 elected lawmakers — a total of 635 people.

Dayton says:

“I regret the effect on the staff very, very much,” Dayton told reporters on Friday.

Maybe he could sell another Renoir?

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  1. Remember this line for the future: “I regret the effect on the staff very, very much.”

    Zero out funding for MPR? “I regret the effect on the staff very, very much.”

    Eliminate the entire Department of Education:?“I regret the effect on the staff very, very much.”

    It used to be that government layoffs had trickle-down effects that would hurt real people. But now, this phrase is license to ignore all that and focus only on the tiny number of people directly affected. We can slash anything we want, fire anybody we want, eliminate any program we want, and all the Republican leaders need to say is: “I regret the effect on the staff very, very much.”

    This is absolute gold. Thank you, Governor Dayton.

  2. And yet I am sure at least a few of those “staff” will find a way to blame someone besides the Governor for this fiasco.

  3. Think about it. With a few exceptions, the only thing we get any value out of government is the joy of watching our legislators screw reprobate leftist legislators.

    Sometimes reprobates get to watch our guys getting screwed. But no matter who’s legislators are getting screwed today, we are paying for it…..

    We get screwed every.fucking.time.

    So, forgive me if I’m unable to work up a tear to squirt for anyone missing a government paycheck.

  4. GOP needs to get together and tell Gov. Lepetomane that if the funding for the Legislature doesn’t get restored, baseline is a 5% cut on everything next budget cycle.

  5. Wait. I’m not done yet. Why are we paying the fools a salary at all? Political leadership is an honor. And service is a patriotic duty…or it used to be.

    Why not pay a stipend to compensate legislators for their time and effort, but leave them to find employment for themselves? What better way to rid ourselves of the damn parasites that bleed us dry?

    There is no damn reason any of this crap should go on for more than 90 calender days, every two years. Emergency sessions could be called for emergencies.

    The shut downs have proven, time and again, that the country can get along just fine whithout holding on to the government’s belt loop. In fact, the reprobate had to put effort into making it painful for some, just so we would notice they aren’t around.

    The Constitution only directs Congress to gather once a year. It doesnt say ALL YEAR. We should encourage our reps to make it shirt and sweet. Best way to do that, IMO, is to make marathons financially untenable for them.

  6. Meant to say state leg’s should be bi-annual. One 90 day session for US Congress.

  7. The MN Senate is about 49% DFL, the MN House is about 43% DFL. How long before they start bitching to the wacko Gov when their not making their bill payments?

  8. Dayton has pulled this same shit every budget cycle. He doesn’t get engaged until it’s near the end of the session, signs off on bills, then says he missed, didn’t understand or otherwise was a dumbass on key issues. Further, he acts like there was no special session that HE forced, AGAIN, yet, the Red Star is still playing duck and cover for him, when they should be calling him out for it.

    Every day, lefties just keep illustrating their utter disdain for the working class.

  9. How long before they start bitching to the wacko Gov when their not making their bill payments?

    Never, except out of theatrics. Most DFL legislators are employed by the various special interests that support the DFL – one non-profit or union or another. They’ll take care of their own. That’s what they do. And Dayton knows that, since he’s one of them.

    Some of the GOP legs are on leave from businesses; some own their own; some do neither.

  10. Why not pay a stipend to compensate legislators for their time and effort, but leave them to find employment for themselves? What better way to rid ourselves of the damn parasites that bleed us dry?

    Can you say trust-fund-baby government? You sure you want that segment of the population running government?

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  12. Nerdbert; looking at the governor’s office, and looking at legislator pay ($45000 soon), it strikes me that we’ve got trust fund baby government already, and little prospect of fixing that problem. Just took a look at the MN Senate, and of the first dozen or so guys whose details I viewed, almost all were either retired or self-employed. I don’t mind a few of these, but quite frankly it might be nice to see a few faces of people who have a boss and have to deal with the consequences of what the legislature does.

  13. Nerd’s point is well taken. How about the requirement to show a tax return with a net payment to the gov to run for gov…and lets extend that to voters as well.

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