Although Gov. Mark Dayton at this point apparently has not tried to muscle DFLers into supporting the budget-settling arrangement that seems to please few, his office did send out a chart (PDF) Thursday night to DFL legislators suggesting that the deal isn’t without some merit.
The chart’s heading is “Minnesota Needs a Fair and Balanced Solution, What the $1.4 billion difference really means to Minnesotans,’’ and the document breaks down how the borrowed revenue will benefit various parties.
“It reads like a wonderland,’’ said Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope.
Her voice was filled with sarcasm.
“It [the revenue] protects people, it protects kids, but for how long?” she asked.
The Dayton memo points out that the revenue gained will cut an $128 million gap between what Dayton wanted to spend on K-12 education and what Republicans offered. It closes a $556 million gap in Human Services. Etc.
So was Dayton trying to “sell’’ DFLers, who almost universally are saying they hate the resolution but support the governor?
“I don’t know if he was asking support so much as he was trying to point out that there is some good in this,’’ said Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville.
Marty went on to describe the deal as “bizarre.’’
“It’s scary to watch this unfold,’’ Marty said, “but the governor was in an impossible situation. It feels like a punch in the gut but at least the fight is over for now.’’