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Republican Seifert Back to Stealing Reserves

by Grace Kelly on August 8, 2014 · 4 comments

marty seifert theifThe one time that people really count on government is during an emergency. Our emergencies include tornadoes, droughts, floods, heavy storms, mega fires, oil train spills and toxic accidents. We are more exposed to all emergencies more than before. To be able to respond, government needs a reserve of money. Republican candidate for governor, Marty Seifert wants to spend money on transportation. Since a Republican can not ever raise taxes, he has to steal or borrow the money. So he is stealing money from the reserve. Republican thinking is that a nice shiny road is preferable to saving lives in an emergency. Scumbag is the safest language I can use, but it does not adequately state the despicability of this move.

Eric Ferguson August 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm

The budget reserve is for shortfalls in revenues, like should a recession hit. It’s not a slush fund for Republicans looking for a gimmick to avoid tax increases. That’s the way the Republican legislature did things in 2011-2012, and how Tim Pawlenty tried to pretend the budget was balanced. This thinking of Seifert’s is what caused Minnesota’s fiscal mess. Now that the DFL legislature and governor have the state’s finances on a sound footing again, Seifert wants to repeat the mistake. Does the GOP ever learn?

Dan Burns August 10, 2014 at 8:06 am

No, they don’t. Because that would involve, among other things, growing up and admitting that they’re wrong and “the liberals” are right. The very tortures of the Inquisition would be more welcome than that.

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