Today’s UpTake: DFL chair Melendez attacks GOP budget disparity

On the UpTake today, DFL Chair Brian Melendez likens Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer’s approach to solving the state’s budget crisis to buying a new car, bringing it home, and then refusing to make payments … “in order to live within your means.” Melendez wonders whether Emmer will actually produce a budget plan tomorrow, as he promised when he shook hands with Dayton at the Duluth debate earlier this week.

Also, the Mayo clinic has indicated that Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty’s decision not to apply for federal heath care grants may have already cost the Rochester, Minn., hospital $25 million. Senator Ann Lynch addressed her concern during yesterday’s legislative committee hearing.

You can listen to last night’s Minnesota governors’ debate on health care at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul. DFL candidate Mark Dayton was absent, but Emmer and Independent Tom Horner exchanged words.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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