Republicans demand special session to deal with budget

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With just 10 days to go until a possible state government shutdown, top GOP leaders are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session to deal with the state's $5 billion budget deficit.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers says it's time. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says that state legislators could at least vote on the budget for roads and other non-touchy subjects. And the governor has unilateral ability to call a special session, but says he won't until he and the Republicans hash out a budget deal.

Come on. Can't everyone just get the job done and go home?

Evidently not. And there's plenty of blame to around for this shutdown, the second six years if it happens.

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House Speaker Kurt Zellers wants a special session to deal with the buget
That means that at least 36,000 state workers will be temporarily laid off, and 572,000 people who get state help with food, health care and income, won't get it anymore.

At least we'll still be able to ride the bus, for a little while. Also on Dayton's list of essential services: the State Patrol, the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP), basic security for prisons, the Capitol, the Governor's Residence; the National Guard, state courts, food safety inspectors--and the Minnesota Zoo.


Previous coverage:
*Dayton wants 13,000 workers spared from shutdown
*Metro transit will try to keep running during shutdown
*Countdown to government shutdown: Who's to blame?


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Swami Prakashanand Saraswati
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati

Dayton is abandoning the strongest position he'd held as governor: Tax the rich to raise state revenues.

Shawn Dahl
Shawn Dahl

This blog shows that how Republican take part in country's development.. but government should take necessary action  as its effect country's development..

Alfonso Fanjul
Alfonso Fanjul

Government should take some necessary action because  its gonna effect economic development as 36,000 state workers will be temporarily laid off, and 572,000 people  won't be getting state help with food, health care and income  anymore.

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The rich Republican cheapskates aren't ready to increase their taxes yet so why pay for a special session when they'll just sit there and look at each other? 

Gates_karen
Gates_karen

After reading this blog, i think Gov. Mark Dayton should call a special session and should discuss all the problem. It is good on the part of republicans as they are taking active part in  country development and budge. keep it up !

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Republicans have been firm in their insistence that the state not spend more than $34 billion in its next budget.

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There's plenty of blame to around  for this shutdown, the second six years if it happens.

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This request show how much republicans are active and aware about the country development and budge...

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The only piece of the state budget enacted so far is a slender $76 million package for farm programs, which Dayton signed last month.

Elarson559
Elarson559

Gov. Dayton.... Adjust your meds or put away the bottle. But your power trip is over.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

I understand the political maneuvering going on here, but this whole situation is just a huge pile of ridiculous bullshit. I'm getting to the point where locking the lot of them in the capitol with no food, water, or bathroom breaks until a deal is hashed out sounds like a pretty reasonable option.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

The Republicans would crap their pants and spend the special session blaming Obama, Dayton, and gay people for making it happen. 

Dave2
Dave2

No need for special session yet. The rich Republican cheapskates aren't ready to increase their taxes yet so why pay for a special session when they'll just sit there and look at each other? The pressure's on the elephants, they're the ones that are looking like childish cry-babies.

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Government have to do something but if 36,000 state workers will be temporarily laid off then it makes a big loss in terms of money and make effect on economy..

Me
Me

GET A FUCKING COPY EDITOR!  I stopped counting errors at about 8.

Greg
Greg

so,, all you big-shots need to do is to bargain in good faith,,,think you can do it?? I don't.

zerofor
zerofor

Wow. Most sensible thing they've said in weeks.

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