Dayton will refuse salary during shutdown

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In a brief statement e-mailed to reporters over the weekend, Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he wouldn't collect his salary in the event state government shuts down on July 1 over the budget impasse.

It's a symbolic move. Dayton is a multimillionaire, so missing some paychecks as governor is hardly going to cause him any personal pain. And he didn't ask his staff to follow his lead.

A few hours latter, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch tried to head off Dayton's PR move by announcing that she would refuse pay during a shutdown, too.

Then she got back to the official Republican party line of blaming Dayton for the looming train wreck, and refusing to accept any role in the debacle.

Here's Dayton's statement:

"In the event of a state government shutdown, which I remain committed to doing everything possible to avoid, I think it would be terribly wrong for those of us responsible for it, the Republican legislators and myself, to receive our salaries while thousands of dedicated state employees have lost theirs."

Right now, the two sides appear to be nowhere near reaching a deal over how to solve the state's $5 billion deficit.


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Hrkalco
Hrkalco

Dayton doesn't need the money.  He is a silver spoon heir to the Dayton empire which built their fortune on the backs of the people of Minnesota.  He has never been in a real business and is a career politician given his power through his daddy!  He is a typical millionaire who's only road to power was though the government paid for by the Dayton family.  Thanks a lot Dayton, I guess whn you never had to live under a budget, why have one! 

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Did you all know the State of Minnesota owns a herd of bison (buffalo) It resides in Blue Mounds State Park.It is financed by, and maintained by, the State of Minnesota's DNR.Dayton views this as a necessary program, and will not demand the DNR cut funding for this program.  (cut access to camping though)Close the state parks to camping; sure say Mark Dayton.  Cut funding for the monitoring of bison, hell no!

You can't make this shit up!

The DNR touts this program.

You have all seen the "threats" to close the State Parks right?Now, do you all see where Mark Dayton and the DNR's priories lie.See, cutting funding for bison studies will not effect you one bit. "Make them feel the pinch", says Dayton and the DNR.

I told you this would happen.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

None of the Republicans should be paid.   They have accomplished nothing but passing the Bradlee Dean Let's Get the Gays Law for Bigots and Idiots.    I thought it was supposed to be all about jobs but once again Republicans were just lying.  

Aaron
Aaron

I'm confused by the third paragraph where it says, that Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch announced "that she wouldn't refuse pay during a shutdown, too." So does this mean she WILL be taking her pay during the shutdown?

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

I imagine that a protracted interruption of the study would ruin the study, wasting the time and money that were put into it.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

I bet the Mystic Lake Casino owners will be happy to buy all the buffalo. Since they contribute to Dayton and DFL they should be taxed as well. I also think all tax free bonds from states other than Minnesota should be taxed as regular income (for instance south dakota bonds that Dayton gets his tax free income from).

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Nothing wrong with "multitasking".  Oh look; two other idiots liked the nonsense you spewed.  Let me guess, you use multiple browsers while clearing your cookies to "pat yourself on the back".See, I can see your penis, through that see-through dress you're wearing.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

All kirk hears in his head when he reads logic like this is a horrible buzzing noise.  It makes him hurt and he gets into such a rage he just starts typing gibberish like Saul Alinsky, horse racing commission,  and black baby holocaust.  

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"protracted interruption" What about shutting down the gambling commission which oversees horse racing?  Did I mention this industry is almost fully self funded, and rarely relies on any public funds?  Why would they shut it down, if it's existence is not dependent on the state budget.  Wouldn't the "protracted interruption" of horse racing cause horse owners and trainers to move away?  See, they want you to "feel it".Mr. Dayton and his bison; what a joke you've become.  Think of the revenue loss the state incurs by not accepting camping permits into the parks.  If no losses in revenue, than one would have to question the pay rates of the "guy in the booth" at the park entrance.

It tough to explain absolute nonsense isn't it?

Here is the key:  They want you to feel it!

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