Leidiger’s E-Mail Torpedo of Not Really the Truth #2

There he goes again. 

Earlier in the week, Rep. Ernie Leidiger released another e-mail detailing his views on the possible state government shutdown.  As has regrettably become the pattern, Leidiger’s e-mail is filled with a number of misstatements and distortions.  Let’s review two of them.

And if that was not enough, he has now rejected one complete budget passed before the end of the regular session and two compromise offers–all three of which fund Minnesota priorities within the existing revenue growth our economy has provided.

Let’s talk about the two “compromise” offers that the GOP has given Gov. Dayton. 

GOP “Compromise” Offer #1:  The GOP would adopt the Governor’s spending targets for K-12 education and public safety, reducing spending in other areas of the budget to make up the $200 million difference.  Dayton would have to give up his $1.8 billion in tax increases and $1.6 billion in additional spending.  Total amount compromised:  GOP $0, Gov. Dayton $1.8 billion.

GOP “Compromise” Offer #2:  The GOP would adopt the Governor’s spending targets for K-12 education and public safety, eliminating tax cuts on corporations to make up the $200 million difference.  Dayton would have to give up his $1.8 billion in tax increases and $1.6 billion in additional spending.  Total amount compromised:  GOP $200 million, Gov. Dayton $1.8 billion.

I’m not sure how anyone would reasonably think that qualifies as a fair compromise.  Would you trade $180 for $20?  Republicans aren’t looking for compromise, they’re demanding capitulation.

Or, in another way to view the level of compromises offered so far:

Both parties have missed the point when talking about who has the “mandate”.  Nobody has a mandate!  The voters have made it very clear what they want for the last 20 years.  No party has controlled the governorship and both houses of the Legislature since 1990.  Voters want the two parties to work together and come to a moderate solution that reflects the best of what they have to offer.

Our proposal totals roughly $34 billion, up from $30 billion in general fund spending. When comparing the spending of general funds only, there is a $4 billion increase from $30 billion in FY 10-11 to $34 billion in FY 12-13. That’s a 12% increase in general fund spending.

No, it isn’t.  Leidiger’s $30 billion spending figure doesn’t take into account the K-12 education shift and federal stimulus dollars that were spent.  In fact, the actual apples-to-apples budget number for FY 10-11 is over $34 billion — meaning that the GOP budget proposal is actually a decrease in state spending, not an increase.  Don’t believe me?  The independent folks at PoliGraph have been calling this GOP talking point “misleading” for two months now.

We’re never going to get to a budget solution when folks can’t even talk about the numbers in a straightforward fashion.  We deserve better from Rep. Leidiger and everyone else in St. Paul.  Get to work, do your jobs, and give us that real world, moderate solution that reflects our Minnesota values.

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