Is Compromise A Dirty Word In Politics?

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Click photo to hear why Senator Scott Dibble believes "compromise" shouldn't be a dirty word in politics.

Click photo to hear why Senator Scott Dibble believes "compromise" shouldn't be a dirty word in politics.

A series of bills making their way through the Minnesota legislature to avoid a shutdown may also be trying to avoid compromising says Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis).

“Our entire system of government was built upon the idea of compromise and I now understand the word ‘compromise’ is a dirty word in some political quarters.” Dibble told a Senate hearing on transportation. ” Somehow compromise is compromising on core values that are … come from a higher power and therefore we’re just going to go my way or the highway. That’s exactly what we saw last year. Compromise was a dirty word. Compromise after compromise after compromise was offered by the Governor and was absolutely flat handed rejected by the majority parity in the legislature driving us into a shutdown.

“We do all of these contingency appropriations, all of these ‘lights on’ bills that actually means in the end we cause greater harm to the good of the order and the good of the state and people’s lives because we never actually achieve the kind of compromise we need to accomplish in terms of developing the budget and finalizing it and getting on with the business of the state.”

Republican Senators say last years shutdown used state workers as pawns in the negotiations with the Governor and they don’t want to see that happen again.

Michael McIntee

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