Tough shutdown ahead

 

With time nearly running out to reach a budget deal, Governor Mark Dayton’s attorney David Lillehaug said “this is going to be a tough shutdown.”  He was reacting to a judge’s ruling to keep limited state services running.  Lillehaug added “Nobody who reads this order can say it’s a soft landing.” 

The governor was pleased former Justice Kathleen Blatz was appointed as a special master since he had suggested her as a mediator.  Dayton later said in a statement “Let me be clear: I would much prefer to find a fair and balanced budget solution, rather than a government shutdown.  I am continuing to work toward a compromise needed to move forward.” 

“On behalf of the nearly 60,000 Minnesotans and their families who rely on dedicated caregivers for daily care and support, we are relieved by the court’s ruling,” said Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO of Aging Services of Minnesota. “However, a shutdown will not be pain-free. We need a responsible state budget that will protect Minnesota’s most vulnerable adults.”  

“There is no doubt that cities dodged a major bullet this morning that may have crippled communities” was the reaction from Nancy Carroll Park Rapids Mayor and President of the Coalition of Greater MN Cities.   “It is just as important that the final budget compromise does not impose yet another round of cuts to cities that will result in higher property taxes for families and businesses and make communities less competitive for retaining and growing jobs.”  

“Judge Gearin’s finding confirms what we have always known: that funding for public safety–police officers and firefighters–is essential to our city and our state,” said St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.  “This resolution provides a level of certainty that police, firefighters, parks and libraries in Saint Paul will remain operating in the event of a state government shutdown.”

“Faced with the choice of following this constitutional mandate or undermining other sections of the Minnesota Constitution creating the Executive branch, Judge Gearin made the best of a bad situation.” Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) added “She deferred to the Governor’s definition of the core functions of his branch of government, and did not give the special master authority to stray beyond that limited definition.  She respected the separation of powers as best she could.”

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Frankie Barbella on 06/30/2011 - 02:22 pm.

    “It is just as important that the final budget compromise does not impose yet another round of cuts to cities that will result in higher property taxes for families and businesses and make communities less competitive for retaining and growing jobs”

    Um, where does the state aid for cities come from? Does this mayor suggest that some cities and their residents need to subsidize other cities? Which is to say, city A needs to assist in paying for services of city B and C. Is this person actually serious?

  2. Submitted by Claire Lundgren on 06/30/2011 - 07:08 pm.

    Barbarella: This would be Obama’s ideal society- Socialistic. Seems it’s OK for somebody else but not in my backyard. Americans need to wake up and see what’s happening.

  3. Submitted by Claire Lundgren on 06/30/2011 - 07:21 pm.

    Meanwhile, I’m not sure people realize what is being killed today. The racing industry represents a $2 billion dollar industry in the state. Closing Canterbury and Running Aces will effectively close the tracks for the rest of the year if the horsemen leave. And, according to state law, if the minimum number of race dates are not run the track will lose its’ card club and simulcasting until after the race 50 some dates are run without those two components. This is all happening because a judge could not understand that the industry ( which funds the MRC entirely and has never cost the state a dime) has already paid the expenses of the MRC for the month of July and is not dependant on the state for funding. It was twice lumped together with other interests, that are not independent nor private, in the past two days. It’s unbelievable and short sighted on the part of the courts. The state just kissed a 2$billion dollar industry and a couple thousand private industry jobs goodbye! I’m sad for Minnesota. The horsemen depend on a cash flow to support their horses. They will find it in states with Racinos.

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