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Tuesday Talk: How will the state budget uncertainty impact you?

May 24, 2011 By Joe Sheeran, Communications Director

This budget stalemate makes Minnesotans nervous—from the thousands of unemployed workers to students to families to businesses. A shutdown will have a negative impact on our already fragile state economy.

How will the state budget’s uncertainty impact your family, your business or your employer?  

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  • Mike C says:

    May 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I am not concerned in the least about the state shutting down. If I owned a business that ran like this I would shut it down too.

    The GOP has compromised in that they agreed to put the additional 2 billion in additional revenue into spending instead of putting it in the bank.

    The governor talks about how he was elected to raise taxes on the top 2%. I do not think so. I might buy that argument if he won by 100,000 votes, but the truth is he only won by 8500 votes. It was the house and senate that is where the mandate is. We cannot afford to keep spending money with no regard for the future of the state.

    Now it is up to the governor to show leadership and sign the balanced budget that was sent to his desk and all of the other bills that were sent to his desk. The job is done, now let us move onto getting Minnesota working again.

  • Mary Falk says:

    May 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I’m a state employee————need I say more?

  • Don S. says:

    May 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

    If the legislature can not “compromise” with the Governor on a budget it puts all school districts and teachers at risk!  If the state is forced to shut down on July 1st, it will put in jeopardy the state payments to all school districts that are due on July 15th.  This will force districts to spend more general fund dollars (on top of the massive payment shift that is already in place) or borrow even more money and pay the associated interest costs.  This will cause districts to lay-off even more staff and delay contract negotiations even further due to the uncertainty caused by the legislature’s unwillingness to get their job done.  Remember the past GOP statement (during the Pawlenty administration), “the governor gets 80% of what he wants”, how quickly they forget!

  • Mary R says:

    May 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

    The state budget uncertainty affects me and my family directly; I am one of thousands of state employees who could be laid off in July if a compromise isn’t reached. I am nervous and worried about how my family will survive. I am a single mom, with no other source of income.

  • Michael says:

    May 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Do you all hear yourselves. It is all about you, you and you. We need to get our spending under control or we are going to be a colder California who right now is over 20,000,000,000 (billion) in the hole.

    If schools want their money by July 1st, tell the governor to sign the budget.

    I for one want this budget to be about my kids and their future here in Minnesota. We need to get spending under control and we finally have the leadership in place to get the job done. The house and the senate did exactly what they were sent there to do.

    It is time for your me only mentality to go away and start thinking about the future of Minnesota.

  • carole says:

    May 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

    a government shutdown will send ripples of uncertainty across business/community lines-

    small business is impacted as discretionary spending is reduced out of fear and hours are cut for workers just as certainly as the state workers; education and human services feel the
    immediate hit and tempers flare. no one is immune

    we have a rational governor who will help
    guide the state to a workable budget to protect the future of our children, the health of all citizens and a stable workforce.  political agendas aside, we are in this “thing” together and must
    work together

  • Sandra Stanley says:

    May 24, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Whether my Teacher’s Retirement Assoc. check will be issued during a State shutdown, I have no idea.  Certainly, that could affect me.  What is worse, however, is the Republicans defunding the schools, apparently caring only for themselves, not for the social contract.  I’m not convinced the voters on the right knew what a can of worms they were buying when they voted for a Republican legislature.

  • carole says:

    May 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

    i hear you on that score-

    knee jerk reactions from the extreme right
    are now showing themselves in so many venues-

    when we moved to MN 20 years ago i was proud to be in the land of Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale but i see so little of that fine heritage in 2011

  • Kyle says:

    May 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Another state employee, I’ll survive the suspended paychecks. My concern is that Minnesota’s educational opportunities will not survive this legislature. Draconian and disproportional cuts to the faculty including myself) at Bemidji State have already destroyed our ability to serve the core educational mission. Further erosion will mean no hope of ‘rebuilding.’ Before long, this ardent desire of conservatives for a ‘favorable business climate’ will also be confounded. Game over.

  • owen says:

    May 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Although I agree with your philosophy, don’t necessarily agree with the idea of giving Republicans a blank check to control things. Who’s to say all the “wisdom” flows from House/Senate Chambers? In all fairness to those before you, the question did ask how the state budget uncertainty would impact th “families”. Some of these folks were simply answering the question.

  • KJC says:

    May 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I’m not sure you’re being fair Michael.  Why?  The question was, after all, “How will the state budget uncertainty impact YOU.”  Are you going to “dock” people just for answering the exact question, as it was asked?
    Perhaps you’d like to pose a different question?  As for the notion about our times having too many “me, me, me” people in it?  There’s plenty of that to go around.  Not the least of which is The Top (Few,) which continue to give themselves economic privilege at expense of The Many.  Read any statistical income disparity report covering the last 30 years and nobody else can even come close to the “me, me, me” of the Top 5% in this country.  Be glad to send you CitiGroup’s client report documenting the clear and unmistakable trend towards Plutonomy, if you like. 
    I say?  We can’t possibly cut our way to prosperity for the average citizen.  As for those who act like that’s our only choice?  I say?  We’re better than that.  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

  • Mike Downing says:

    May 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    A MN state gov’t will have no impact on this retired couple. In fact, I hope it continues for 2-3 months so that the vast majority of Minnesotans can visualize a MN state gov’t 1/2 to 2/3 the current bloated size.

  • Everett Flynn says:

    May 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    We’re all in for a lesson, and it’s long overdue.  And from the attitude of Republicans in the Legislature and from some posters here, the lesson we’re all about to get in what State government does for us all, everyone of us, each and every day, is desperately needed.  People are so extraordinarily ignorant about what government is and how much they are dependent upon it, it is shameful.  Evvvverybody’s a self-made man, apparently, and we’d be much better off if we spent half of what we currently do in the State budget.  That is plainly a delusional statement. 

    Jeepers, this year’s crop of Republicans in the legislature talked a great game about how much they wanted to cut spending and they were either too inept, or too cowardly to produce a balanced budget reflective of their convictions.  Here’s a thought, Mike:  let’s see a balanced budget of $34 billion before we start fantasizing about a budget that totals only $17 billion.  If there’s soooo much waste and bloat, why can’t Republicans offer a balanced budget after five months of blather and grandstanding???

    I’m so tired of the tough talk, the empty rhetoric.  Produce a budget for Pete’s sake—a legitimate budget that can earn the validation of the State’s own revenue analysts.

  • Bernie Bauhof says:

    May 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    MPR has reported that this afternoon the Governor vetoed each of the 8 spending bills, and one tax bill submitted to him for signature. Was that not a balanced budget of $34B that was vetoed? MPR goes on to report that this budget is the largest General Fund budget in Minnesota State history and $1.8B greater than the previous budget. So, is the debate about spending cuts and deficits really a debate about reductions in future expenditures as opposed to cuts in existing funding?

  • Mike Downing says:

    May 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm


    Amen! THANKS for the facts Bernie!

    The MN Legislature passed a budget representing a growth of nearly 5% over the last budget. It takes a liberal progressive mind to call budget growth a cut.

  • Debbers says:

    May 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Just one example of how much this political grandstanding by the Republicans is actually going to cost us all:
    There are currently 13,268 students enrolled in MNSCU community colleges and universities this summer. If each student is only taking one 4-credit class, they have paid $8,756,880 to the state in tuition. If the government shuts down (in the middle of summer semester), that means all of those classes will be dropped, all students’ work will be wasted, and nearly $9 million will have to be refunded—and someone is going to have cut those checks, answer phones, etc while the “shutdown” is occuring. Who is going to do that?
    This is a shocking waste of the state’s money (ie, your money and mine), just to save the top 5% of wage-earners a few tax dollars.