Today’s UpTake: DFL chair Melendez attacks GOP budget disparity By Jacob Wheeler | September 9, 2010 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Economy/Jobs Subscribe to Economy/Jobs 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. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.