Gov. Dayton Warns Senate DFLers Not to Fall for GOP’s Political Games

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A portion of Governor Dayton’s tax proposal, which creates a 4th tax bracket of 10.95 percent for higher income Minnesotans, appeared before the Senate as an amendment to a tax conformity bill. The amendment was sponsored by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michele as a ploy to determine Senate DFLers’ support for the measure. But Governor Dayton had sent a letter to DFL members, urging them not to support the amendment, citing the process as political game playing.

Here’s what DFL State Chair Ken Martin said about the GOP’s actions today:

“Minnesotans around the state are fed up with the GOP’s utter failure to produce a plan that would balance the state budget or create jobs for Minnesota. The Republicans asked for this job, and now they’re in the majority. It’s time for them to put the political theater aside and show Minnesotans exactly what their job-killing all-cuts budget would look like. There’s more to governing than ‘just say no.’ Where’s the GOP Plan?”

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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