Governor calls for mediation in budget

Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for “a skilled professional mediator” to help Democrats and Republicans agree on a budget solution.  The governor says he wants to do everything possible to avoid a government shutdown, now less than a month away.  GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers rejected the idea saying “we were elected to lead.”  Dayton also told his commissioners not to participate in a hearing of the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy, even though state statute appears to require state agencies to comply with the Commission’s requests. 

When we asked him if he could be breaking state law, the governor responded he is “not at the beck and call of the legislature.”  Legislative leaders and the governor were supposed to be meeting face to face tomorrow for the first time since the session ended without a budget deal.  But Dayton concluded “I don’t see why we’re meeting.”  Republican leaders say they remain optimistic and want to meet regularly with the governor, they think a government shutdown is still avoidable in the coming weeks.   

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 06/02/2011 - 10:33 pm.

    Optimistic? Delusional would be closer to it. They think if they meet with Dayton daily he somehow will come around to an unrealistic, made-up-number budget that two-third of Minnesota realize is a joke? I don’t think so.

  2. Submitted by Eric Larson on 06/02/2011 - 10:59 pm.

    Getting a mediator!?! WTH

    We can’t ask Gov Dayton the question most people would ask right away. “Are you crazy?” Because we may offend someone somewhere.

    Can you imagine Gov Pawlenty MAK or Pogey asking for mediation?

    The only people in the hard game of elected govt service who need “mediation” are missing part of their gen-tai–a.

    My old DFL. I’m ashamed for you. How have you come to this?

  3. Submitted by Joseph Skar on 06/03/2011 - 07:44 am.

    Nice leadership, deferral of responsibility is always the easy way out. The Gov. must have the worst group of advisers in the history of politics. Who would think mediation would be a good idea? Was this idea was not vetted. When is Time running Americas Worst Governors?

  4. Submitted by Claire Ackerman on 06/07/2011 - 08:39 pm.

    Republicans often proclaim that they would be superior believers because they would run government like a business. WWBD (what would business do) when they come to an impasse in a negotiation. Mediation. I have to wonder why the R’s are SO opposed to mediation — a very common business practice. Do they realize that their position is unsupportable? That’s what I suspect.

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