To say the least, I'm not impressed.
House Democrats would raise taxes by $1.5 billion over the next two years, cut spending by $843 million and employ a larger accounting shift than Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposes in an effort to balance the state's budget without resorting to borrowing.Note the "larger accounting shift than Gov. Tim Pawlenty".
More budget gimmicks? Surely this is the equivalent of another "shot fired across the bow" but where is the leadership here?
We learned that when Governor Pawlenty called his new taxes fee's that regardless of the rhetoric, the burden fell back on working and middle class Minnesotans.
Stop the rhetoric. If we're going to raise taxes, tell us we need to raise taxes and give us the "who, what, when, where, why and how".
As we know the state constitution limits the Legislature to meeting 120 legislative days during each biennium. In addition, the Legislature may not meet in regular session after the first Monday following the third Saturday in May of any year.
The clock is ticking...lets get something done!