Contributed by John Heluska
While Dayton puts out solid budget proposals the GOP continues its attack on the state's future prosperity as well as its unconscionable assault on Minnesota's most vulnerable - working families, the underprivileged, children and the elderly. The GOP is hell bent on slashing state funding for education, healthcare and the protection of the elderly. This shifts many of the costs to our local communities where they will become the burden of property tax payers, who have already seen a 70% increase in property taxes under the Pawlenty administration. Instead of recognizing that we are all in this together, the GOP continues its refusal to accept an equitable adjustment of income tax rates to make sure that Minnesota's wealthiest pay their fair share.
What Minnesota needs from the GOP is a commitment to become a real policy making partner with the governor to create a future where our children receive a world class education, where our elderly are cared
for, and where affordable healthcare is available for all Minnesotans. And, more than anything else right now, the state needs to create jobs to make it all possible.
Governor Dayton has put solid proposals on the table to address these issues. Other than "gut it all" and "let's start a war on social issues" the GOP's response is, more than anything, "We got nuthin!"