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Most Minnesotans unhappy with state budget deal

A poll offers the not-particularly-surprising news that most Minnesotans didn’t like the way leaders resolved the budget problem, with the state shutdown and borrowing and all.

The poll by Wilder Research surveyed 600 Minnesotans this month. It was released as part of a Bush Foundation and InCommons report, “Citizen Solutions: Citizen Perspectives on Minnesota’s Long-Term Budget,” that offers thoughts from citizen forums held around the state in July, the story said.

Says a Pioneer Press story:

  • Nearly two-thirds think one-time borrowing — the compromise Gov. Mark Dayton and the 2011 Legislature used to resolve their budget differences — is a bad idea.
  • Three-fourths of Minnesotans were disappointed in the process state leaders used to reach their budget agreement and 69 percent were dissatisfied with the final deal.
  • Two-thirds said their elected officials “did not do their best” in negotiating a solution to balance the state budget.

Some of the alternate budget-solving suggestions from the state-wide forums (held before the shutdown):

  • Merging the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems to streamline higher education administration.
  • Expanding the state’s sales tax base.
  • Eliminating the mortgage interest tax deduction. 
  • Cutting the state workforce by 5 percent.
  • Revising the state’s system for reviewing tax deductions to eliminate “hidden spending” on unchecked tax breaks.

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