As of 12:01 AM July 1, the state has shut down. A disagreement over how to balance the budget between the Democrat governor and the Republican Senate has caused a stalemate. Without a budget, the state government officially closed Friday morning. State parks, rest areas, road construction and other services were shuttered.
State employees were sent home.
The battle just got real for a whole bunch of people; a WHOLE bunch.
Dayton and Republican legislators have been stalemated since January over how to balance the budget and close out the projected deficit. Dayton largely won election on a promise to preserve cherished state services by increasing taxes on the richest 2 percent of Minnesotans. But Republicans won control of the Legislature for the first time in decades with a pledge not to raise taxes. The deep rift ignited a political fistfight that spilled past the regular legislative session in late May and dragged the state to the current precipice.
Because in Minnesota they have an executive who thinks that he was elected to raise taxes and a legislature that feels they were elected to cut spending. Both think that they are operating with a mandate. A blink by either means the other “wins”.
In the federal government we have the same conditions. We have an executive who feels he rode into office with a clear mandate to raise taxes; and to raise ’em on the wealthiest of our citizens. And the federal government, just like Minnesota, has a legislature that is emboldened with THEIR win and isn’t about to back down on their promise to cut spending; no tax increases.
I think folks will watch Minnesota. We’ll see how they resolve their differences and what tactics they use to get to their solution. Are we going to see politicians screaming in the streets or are we going to see the people’s business get done with decorum?
It’s my hope that the business side of things will win out over the emotional “teachers and cops and firemen” screed we get from the Left every time budgets have to be tightened. When budgets are out of whack, it’s normal to look at both sides of the lager; revenue and costs. It’s also important to take into account the relative weight of each when deciding which side to fix.
A nation watches Minnesota.