Betting Against a Budget: MN GOP takes March Madness-style bets on government shutdown

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The betting form was supposed to be routed through the office of a legislative aide for Sen. David Senjem.
Evidently the prospect of shutting down state government and laying off 36,000 state workers is so entertaining to some Republican staffers at the Legislature that they ginned up a March Madness-style betting sheet.

For a dollar entry, legislators would have been able to bet on the dates for one, if not two, special sessions, how long people will be out of work, and whether specific legislation would have been approved during the special session -- including an expansion of state gambling.

We say, "would have," because once word of the betting sheet leaked out, Republicans had a serious case of egg on their face and insisted up and down that the bone-headed offer was never circulated.

"It's incredibly inappropriate," Michael Brodkorb, Executive Assistant to the Senate GOP Caucus, told WCCO. "It wasn't distributed. Copies were discarded and no bets were taken."

We don't know who created the betting sheet, but we're trying to reach Beth Kleinboehl, a legislative assistant to Rochester GOP Sen. David Senjem, whose name appears at the bottom of the page. The bets were apparently supposed to go her desk.

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It's a rigged game.

Way to keep it classy, MN GOP.



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Anon
Anon

No big deal, especially compared to things like blatant corruption in the case of Rangel, or Sanford and his Appalachian hikes (I wonder if he still goes...?)

Leorising77
Leorising77

Wow.  At least someone thinks it's funny.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

I don't know what all the controversy is about.  Mark Dayton said in a debate with Tom Horner and Tom Emmer last fall:"he would not allow a government shutdown"(as seen on "At Issue" a couple weeks back)

And now he has been prematurely sending out layoff notices to state employees.What gives Mark?  Is putting the jobs of state workers in jeopardy entertaining to ya?;Did you intend to hypnotize any opposition with their campaign pledge of "no new taxes"?Or did you intend, to do the more rational solution, by compromise on your tax cuts on the rich pledge?What's with the deadlock Mark?

My guess is; he just said whatever little is needed, to get a vote from the ignorant.

BTW people, Even with Dayton's tax on the rich, The State of Minnesota's deficit will rise.

I encourage all liberals, to institute the democrats approach and understanding of finance, in their personal lives.  You know; When you max out all five credit cards, get another one.   See how that works for you and your family...

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow. You seriously don't get what the controversy is about? You have to be kidding. The people who are in charge of avoiding a shutdown are betting on whether or not it will happen. It's called a conflict of interest. It creates the potential that multiple people will rig the "game" (shutdown or no shutdown) to win the pool.

Also, Dayton did not send out the layoff notices. The unions did. The union contracts mandate it. Dayton had nothing to do with it.

I'm sorry that simple logic seems to elude you.

Greg
Greg

the Gov Didn't allow a shutdown,, the GOP ( grand ol' pricks ) forced a shutdown,,using the 'my way or the highway' routine. When I was in union biz,, this was called 'Not bargaining in good faith', and we could be removed fron the negotiation. The GOP is no different, they aren't negotiating,, they are diging in their heels, not negotiating,, and therefore should be removed from the situation.

Leorising77
Leorising77

Layoff notices had to go out per each union contract.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Mark Dayton will get pressure from the Union Members when they realize that the state will not have the money to pay them for the time off from the shut down! Mark Dayton is a putz. he was not elected but forced on us by manufactured votes from Illegal Democrat actions. Mark Dayton veto's the voter bill even though 83% of minnesota were in favor. He knows he is a corrupt politician.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Right!  Exactly like Dayton is using the 'my way or the highway' routine.Republicans made campaign promises to "not raise taxes"Dayton made campaign promises to "tax the rich" This is the deadlock.Dayton is failing to "compromise" on his campaign promise to "tax the rich".It would take dozens of people to "compromise" in the Republicans field to get a deal.It would ONLY TAKE ONE (being Mark Dayton) for the Democrats to get a deal.One selfish desire by a single person trying to uphold campaign promises.What would be easier to achieve and keep them "poor disenfranchised public employees" employed?Changing the minds of many, or the mind of one?  Expecially when he also promised NOT to let the government shut down before the election.

Hey Greg here is a good acronym for ya

The DFL -  "Dumb Fuck League"They do view themselves as "superheros" right?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Right!  

I worked under AFSCME for 6 years.  One of my everyday co-workers was a union steward.  I got out from under that ceiling because I knew it was going to fall eventually.  Simple HS mathematics is all it takes to see it.  They had been, and continued to promise "stuff" that they couldn't provide.  AFSCME pension is going broke...

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

ARGGGGGH FACTS.    Facts have such a liberal bias.  I like Kirk's idea that its all Mark Dayton's fault. 

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