This Friday, Minnesota’s state government shut down after Republicans and Democrats could not agree on whether to raise taxes on the rich or cut government spending.
It was reported that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and the GOP-controlled Legislature could not find a resolution on how to cut the state’s $5 billion deficit by the July deadline. The fact that do not have a budget in place, caused disruption in state-run facilities. This included state parks, which came at the worst possible time, right before the holiday weekend. They also held paychecks for 20,000 state employees, which probably created unnecessary stress on many families.
Assembly Majority leader Matt Dean released a statement; “We have divided government, and a governor that believes that he has a mandate to raise taxes and increase spending, and we have a Legislature that believes we should cut taxes and reduce spending.”
The fact that millionaires cannot step up to the plate, when many “regular” hard-working people are in need, is mind-boggling. Would it hurt for them to also suffer just a bit, during these challenging economic times? It’s not like they will starve or have their exclusive lifestyles greatly affected. Do they really need millions to live a good life and be truly happy?
Why are these politicians so concerned about the rich? It always comes down to greed and power.