Governor Dayton

Here is a link to Governor Dayton’s offer letter today.

Gary Gross from Let Freedom Ring had some good observations, including details about former Minnesota Free Market policy fellow King Banaian’s reforms, on the negotiations to end the Shutdown: Is Our Long National Embarrassment Really Over? Maybe.

Mitch Berg calls it a Win for the GOP  and Ed Morrisey says Dayton has caved.

Here is the cautious statement from public union AFSCME 5: note that they have phone banks still cranked up (courtesy of union dues paid with taxpayer dollars). They want to be sure they get back-pay as part of the Shutdown deal.

Union members showed up at various town-hall style meetings recently to support Governor Dayton’s demand to increase taxes but so did tea party members and other folks when Dayton toured the state. We’d like to think that these good citizens and all the emails, letters and phone calls you sent Dayton’s way convinced him and his team that it was time to come to the table. He wanted this Shutdown but came to regret it.

We agree that the devil is in the details (like if the GOP agrees to a bonding deal even though this is not a bonding year, where will the money be spent) but the bottom line is that “the Dayton” as he is fondly called by the SW Metro Tea Party, has caved on his demand to tax the rich. This is a political win and it is a big one. We have heard nothing about a stadium bill for the Vikings or the consolidation of the Minneapolis Police and Fire pensions into PERA.

It has taken us many years to reach a $34 billion dollar general fund (and a $62+/- billion dollar operating budget when you add in federal funds and state fees). Last year, Minnesota gave the GOP a decisive legislative majority and filled the state house with talented freshman who promised to bring fiscal discipline and innovation to state government. While we must keep a sense of urgency, fiscal conservatives must be patient, persistent and in office to succeed. The legislature will face elections next year. Dayton will be with us until 2014.

(Mitch Berg offered this advice: Dayton’s down (in a gauzy-focused, politically-sanded-off kind of way); we have to keep kicking.“)

There is much to be done. As you observe the debate here at home and also our nation’s capitol over the weekend, you may want to read Tom Kelly’s excellent article, “Where do we go from here?”