It was suggested that I start providing audio summaries of what is happening in Minnesota with the budget situation, because commentary that suggests what conservatives can do and what the Republican Party should be doing differently is scarce. Bob Davis & Sue Jeffers do some outreach through KTLK, but their time and talents can be limited by programming constraints.
This audio file is 9 minutes 25 seconds long. If you appreciate it, let me know and I will do more in the future. If you prefer the text format, let me know and I will stick to that.
Here is a quick summary of some facts I referenced in this audio regarding the Minnesota budget situation, and below that is some contact information you may reference:
1. $32 billion - Dollars Minnesota spent during the 2010-2011 biennium
2. Republicans INCREASED the budget by 6% to $34 billion; Dayton proposed an 18% increase to $37 billion
3. Republicans have so far approved a $400 million increase in K-12
4. Republicans have so far approved a $600 million increase in Health & Human Services (Welfare!) spending
Even while Republican leadership keeps telling us to call the governor to tell him to keep taxes down, their own members are still proposing higher and higher taxes to pay for sports stadiums. The situation is absolutely absurd. This is all just a game for them.
If you disapprove, you may reach the governor at 651.201.3400. You may reach House Republican Speaker Kurt Zellers 651.296.5502 .