Mark Dayton, heckled about raises for legislators, disses Shakopee audience [VIDEO] [UPDATE]

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Dayton's support of raises for legislators didn't sit well with his audience last night.
Last night, Mark Dayton had some choice words for the audience of a "Meetings with Mark" forum event in Shakopee.

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When the topic of giving legislators raises came up, Dayton said, "they're terribly underpaid," prompting derisive laughter from his listeners. In response, the guv told them, "I've been all over the state and I've never had people behave this rudely. You know, you want to say something, just raise your hand and get a mic."

Here's the footage:



Dayton supports a bill recently approved by the Senate that would raise legislators' salaries from $31,000 to $42,000. It'd be the first raise they've received since 1999, but a companion bill in the House hasn't yet been introduced, MinnPost reports.

After the event, Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci didn't back down from Dayton's remark.

According to the Star Tribune, Tinucci said Dayton thought the Shakopee crowd was "the least respectful" he'd encountered while touring the state, adding that many of those in attendance "were not interested in hearing answers or having a discussion."

:::: UPDATE ::::

Here's a lengthier clip of the part of Dayton's Shakopee forum where he talked about raises for legislators. The footage suggests his "I've never had people behave this rudely" remark was an aberration in the midst of an otherwise mild-mannered Q and A:



Today, Dayton was asked about what happened in Shakopee during a news conference. He characterized the behavior of some in the audience last night as  "very juvenile" and compared it to the way unruly students would sometimes behave while he was teaching in New York City.

"It was rude. If they can't handle the truth, then they can't handle the truth, but that's the truth as I perceived it," Dayton said.

He continued: "Again, I welcome the disagreements and I welcome the controversy and I welcome people who are genuinely upset expressing their upset [sic], but not something that is just contrived for the purposes of trying to distract me or trying to distract the conversation."

Here's footage of today's newser:



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27 comments
Tanker10
Tanker10

Go back to New York you A--hole

keny1
keny1

I have no problem with a modest raise for legislators, but why does Mark Dayton collect a salary? Doesn't he have enough of his own (er, I mean his grandfather's) money? 

MinneapolisMang
MinneapolisMang

We are approximately six seconds from this dude and a gay sex scandal.

MinneapolisMang
MinneapolisMang

Not hipster?

Really? I'm sure he's an okay dude but wow...

webcelt
webcelt

The low salary is ridiculous. Even per diem just covers expenses. If you can't somehow live on $30,000 a year, don't have a working spouse, don't have a job that let's you take off for several months each year, or you're not independently wealthy, then you can't run for the legislature. Given the quality of some of the legislators, wouldn't opening it up to more candidates seem like a good idea?

H Bill Way
H Bill Way

No way! They've been cutting services for years. They've been fighting like children for just as long in the process getting nothing done. If they want a raise, they can put it to a referendum. If they want more money, they need to get their hands out of the pockets of the NRA and corporations!

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

I would raise my hand. I have plenty to say to the Trust Fund Commie.

keny1
keny1

"It was rude. If they can't handle the truth, then they can't handle the truth, but that's the truth as I perceived it," Dayton said.

Huh?

Nicole Krile
Nicole Krile

Absolutely not. No explanation should be needed...

Eva Chavarria Hunter
Eva Chavarria Hunter

Yes, they do deserve a raise contrary to what the Shakopee crowd think. Their far-right mentality won't listen to reason much less hold a civil discussion. Most shop at Walmart and Sams (only support min wage or less employers) which leaves one to wonder why the Governor would even attempt to meet with 'em in the first place.

Hardley Noel
Hardley Noel

With the present Economy I would say not many in the Private Sector are receiving raises. Temporary elected officials in Government should be a reflection of the rest of us.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Before the usual suspects start slamming me on my comment regarding minimum wage, let me say that I believe it's just bad law. Yes - it ensures that someone is not going to have to settle for $4.25/hour. But why not just make it $22.00/hr.? The economics are simple - because it would just cause even more mass layoffs.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Let's see - they plan to raise the minimum wage, which will be cost prohibitive to small business owners and cause them to lay off thousands of employees, while unemployment benefits are being cut.Is this something we really want? Is this a reason to give these fools praise? Yet another reason to raise taxes, with little or no benefit for anyone except... those who raise taxes. And they deserve a raise?

Onan
Onan

Disrespectful crowds are not surprising given the deterioration of political discourse over the past decade or two.

bbaudit
bbaudit

@webcelt You're right --- if you can't figure out a way to make the pay work for your situation, then please don't be run for a position that needs to figure out even more complex solutions.

Thanks for proving the point.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@H Bill Way And Unions, and special interest groups like the teachers lobby that outspent everyone else.

Tribbles
Tribbles

@Kent Klinger Heh, you can always spot the Glen Beck fans in these threads.

Tanker10
Tanker10

@Eva Chavarria Hunter Are you for REAL ?

SeanH
SeanH

@Kenny Peterson The funny thing is we here that each and every time the minimum wage is going to be raised yet the job losses do not happen.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

One can always spot brainwashed libtard assholes that think anyone who disagrees with them is a Glenn Beck supporter on these forums as well.

keny1
keny1

@Tribbles What does Glen Beck have to do with this? Dayton's trust money in sitting in a tax-free shelter in (Republican) South Dakota. Yet, he has the balls to want to raise the taxes on MN's so-called "wealthy". 

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