GOP to target Dayton budget at hearing

GOP legislative leaders announced today that they intend to take aim at Governor Dayton’s budget at Thursday’s Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy meeting. GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers sent a letter to MMB Commissioner Jim Schowalter and Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans telling them to be prepared to discuss specifics about Dayton’s budget plan.

“We would like information on plants to offset the loss of $1.8 billion in revenue in the Governor’s budget due to the recent change in the administration’s tax plan. Specifically, be prepared to discuss the legislature’s spending reductions the Governor will agree to, or new spending reduction proposals.

On multiple occassions the Governor has indicated an interest in exempting small business from the effects (of) his tax increase plan. We are interested in knowing how this proposal changes revenue estimates for the administration’s budget, and what offsets are proposed to allow small businesses to keep more of their hard-earned money.”

The meeting is scheduled for 2pm on Thursday. The LCPFP has not met since September, 2010 when Democrats held majorities in both the House and Senate. DFL legislative leaders held LCPFP meetings in 2009 and 2010 to point out their budget differences with former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Dayton and GOP legislative leaders are also scheduled to meet privately on Friday morning to discuss the budget.

Here’s the letter from Koch and Zellers:


  • John O.

    Perhaps the Speaker and the Majority Leader can explain why they are holding this hearing now, instead of during the session? As I recall, Dayton’s proposed budget was submitted on time in mid-February and it is now June with the regular session in the rearview mirror.

    If my household budget was in the shape the state’s is currently in, Mrs. O. and I do not have the luxury of sitting around for months and posturing.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Koch and Zellers crack me up. “Tell us what further concessions the Governor will make,” they demand, “but since we Republicans still don’t have a budget, we concede nothing.”

    “Plays well with others” is again absent from the GOP Handbook. Koch and Zellers? They’re just stenographers for Republican bosses Sutton and Brodkorb.

  • Mark Lokowich

    Hey, Mr. O…” If my household budget was in the shape the state’s is currently in, Mrs. O. and I do not have the luxury…” What would you and the Mrs’s do? Would you cut the household budget, Or, you would find some neighbors that were richer than you and take their money, Or , would you find… Compromise like the republicans, and add about 2 billion to the last budget and resist spending money that you don’t have? I know what I would do…

  • Pete

    Hey Mark, that’s a false analogy. The State Government’s budget is not like a household’s budget, because the State Government is not a household. What individuals do is not the same as what the government should do, and vice versa.

    If you want to continue your analogy, the GOP all cuts budget is like saying, “We don’t have enough money, so let’s fire Junior’s teachers and take him out of school, drop our health insurance and put Grandma out on the street and to make things better, let’s give my boss some of my paycheck.” I think most people would rather say, “Let’s get rid of the cable TV, have a garage sale, ask for a raise, get a 2nd job or look for a new one, and see about taking out some loans to go back to school to get a better paying job.”

  • Ben

    Hey Pete that is exactly what the GOP is trying to do. They are asking the money hungry government dependant crowd to cancel the cable TV and cell phone because we are broke and we need to trim the SPENDING!

  • Peacenic

    More than a little sad that largest state budget ever… (ever !) is not enough, especially after 6 billion increase in taxes forced through un DFL overide. Why anyone wants MN to go the way of CA and MI boggles the mind. Worst Senator ever in line for another award? History remembers.

  • Richard

    Looks like Dayton didn’t agree to come to the meeting today. If you had a rock solid budget, don’t you think you would show up and trounce the GOP? Dayton will be judged as the worst Governor ever; just as he’s been cited as one of the worst Senator’s ever.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    The GOP trolls are out in force today. Did Michael send you?

    @Mark, Pete nailed it. Your analogy is false, but that’s all you got, right?

    @Ben, no, the GOP is trying to transfer (actually, continue to transfer) tax responsibilities from the top 2% to everybody else. Top 2% pays less tax, Middle Class pays more = GOP heaven.

    @Peacenic, no, the 2008-2009 budget was larger in nominal dollars. If you account for population growth and inflation, the current budget is smallest of most recent 3 2-year budgets. btw, California’s troubles started when they passed Proposition 13, and got the kind of tax strangulation the GOP wants to enforce here.

    @Richard, Dayton didn’t attend the GOP Stunt because GOP stenographers Koch and Zellers were instructed by their bosses Sutton and Brodkorb to write a letter that said “Show us what concessions the Governor will make, but we the GOP still offer nothing.” Who would bother to answer that?