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$5.2 Billion. Where does one start with the cuts?

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Good question, it'll be a process for sure

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$5.2 Billion. Where does one start with the cuts?

Make the Governor, Representatives and Senators work for $1 a year. If the Governor came out and said "I will work for $1 a year to help the state just a little" he would set himself up nicely for a Presidential run smile

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not sure on mn, but here is a good federal example of waste

U.S. Capitol Rolling Out Over-Priced Welcome Mat

(Washington, D.C.) The nation’s premier taxpayer watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today expressed dismay over the exorbitant final price tag for the Capitol Visitors Center (CVC).

Initially conceived in the early 1990s and projected to cost $71 million, the CVC has become an example of out-of-control government contracting and mismanagement. After costs ballooned and construction schedules spiraled out of control, the three-level, underground monument to congressional excess finally came in at a whopping $621 million and three years behind schedule

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How many govt. employees does this state have?

Are there too many??

How many hours are wasted by bad planning? Lazy employees?

Why pay overtime for plow drivers when there's more drivers than trucks?

Why when going to the state DMV you wait in long lines and see the people you finally get to talk to,they were the ones standing around the lobby BSin for most the morn?

When a backhoe operator stops diggin cause they need a man in the hole,why do they have to wait till a laborer gets there?

Why in the fall do they temparily surface a road only to resurface it in spring and have to remove the temp surface?

that same road Why did they start it in AUG? When next spring it has to be redon anyway?

Why does population go up making taxes more available and we yet get less bang for the rising taxes? Too many employees?? Too much wasted time waiting for the laborer,Why do projects twice like those roads?

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Start by changing the state law in regard to non-english speaking drivers licensing. Currently the state must pay for any non-english speaking person to have an interpreter present for their drivers test. Also the state must print the drivers license manual in multiple other languages. That'd save some cash right there.

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Spend money to make money. Start buy bringing in people to do cost analysis on the waste of govt spending. See what cutbacks can be made. I love state parks, but now is not the time to spend millions on one. Hire more poeple to keep track of the ones that abuse welfare and foster care. The money is all there but you have to be accountable for how it's spent. Shore up all the accountability and it will start to turn around.

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$5.2 Billion. Where does one start with the cuts?

CUTS??? LOL HA HA HA!!!!!!! Do you actually think there will be cuts? I bet once the legislature meets they RAISE TAXES and propose spending INCREASES!!

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They will do the same thing they have done recently. Wack the heck out of user fees to feed the health care monster. Ready for $60 a carton for smokes, $30 a case for [PoorWordUsage] beer, more cuts to state provided services that will be kicked to the county and then the city and ultimately to our property taxes. Look north if you want to see where we're headed.

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Why does population go up making taxes more available and we yet get less bang for the rising taxes?

The state population is going DOWN.

This likely can be attributed to the number of taxes and fees that seem to be neverending and always increasing which is making it difficult for citizens to make ends meet. It's the dog chasing it's tail theory: Revenue decreases therefore taxes are increased to compensate for losses instead of cutting spending = people move out of state. Repeat chorus.

Same thing is happening in NY. People are tired of it and are moving to more economic friendly states that have more to offer anyway.

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The state population is going DOWN.

Really?

"From July 2004 to July 2005, Minnesota's population increased by 36,253 people, or 0.7 percent. The state's population on July 1, 2005 was 5,132,800. Since the 2000 Census, Minnesota's population has increased by 213,307 people, or 4.3 percent, ranking 19th among states in number of people added and 22nd in percentage growth."

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Doubt anybody here is really familiar enough wtih State operations to know where to cut... There are some programs we could look at eliminating in my mind and I think some of those are extras that many states don't offer. I don't want to pay for Rolls Royce services in every department, a Cadillac is MORE than good enough for me. I'm not saying I want a Yugo either, but we seem to go far beyond some. I'm tired of the shifting to local govt game too. If the state had to get a check from us for our income taxes the way the locals have to for our property taxes they'd be a lot more accountable!!! Anybody know how much sales tax you paid last year? Anybody really know how much income tax you've paid in so far this year???

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Start by making Minnesota more "business friendly".

Again and again bills to lure new investment to Minnesota get stripped down or washed out completely.

Tax credits for new business as well as established business are desperately needed in Minnesota.

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Minnesota is tops for people moving to and staying put. nobody is moving out of Minnesota because of how we run things or our Taxes......geeez!

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Wrong. The estimated 2010 census is showing a decrease in the population growth. In fact, MN may lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives because of that.

And yes, people are moving out due to the business climate.

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more like moving out because of all the taxes! the land of 10,000 ways to spend the taxpayers money

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Wrong. The estimated 2010 census is showing a decrease in the population growth.

So, the population is still growing, but it's just a decrease in the growth rate.

A little different than a population decrease.

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Ya with the new houses being constantly built theres got to be tax increases the state sees.

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Wrong. The estimated 2010 census is showing a decrease in the population growth.

So, the population is still growing, but it's just a decrease in the growth rate.

A little different than a population decrease.

In addition to Minnesota, states projected to lose a seat are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. New York and Ohio are expected to lose two seats apiece.

Texas is forecast to gain four seats and Arizona will likely add two. One-seat gainers are Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah.

Minnesota's population has grown 0.8 percent a year since 2000, Gillaspy said. While that's among the fastest growth rates for Midwestern and northeastern states, it's below the 1 percent national average growth. The highest-growth states are in the South and West.

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that state has been holding back on paying wade increases for a lot of state employees that past 2-3 years. Sure the upper end state admin people are paid good, but good luck if you are in the middle of the pack or if you have maxed out your wade classification in your current job.

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Didn't the light rail cost 1,000,000,000? Didn't they raise the education budget by 1,000,000,000? Bottom line is 75-80% of the budget is education and Social Services...they wont touch those with a ten foot pole!!!!!! GET READY TO PAY MORE!!!!

Also, does anyone ever wonder why your company stays in MN? We debate this often where I work (Toro bloomington) and wonder why they don't move to Wyoming, Southern Missouri, South Dakota etc.,. If you are a business owner, I would love to hear the reasons you stay. Thanks confused

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Typically the plusses for businesses here are a well-educated work force with a good work eithic. The "amenities" we have in the Twin Cities are also a plus for attracting professionals vs. the other places you mentioned.

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Cash is king and when times were good people did look at the fringe benefits such as "amenities" to decide where to settle down. Now that things aren't so rosey the balance is shifting back to wages and getting the most for their labor minus the overly high taxes you have to pay in this state.

Anybody been to Sioux Falls lately? How about Fargo?

How are ND and SD's budget forecasts?

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If I'm not mistaken the number of house seats is not dependent on the population per se but more on the overall percentage of national population. If we were granted a seat per every X number of people, the total number of house seats would have to have increased over the decades as our nations population has incresed but it remains 435 today as it has always been. Our state population is still increasing but the percentage of national population that we hold is not. This is because our population growth is slower than the rest of the nation.

Bob

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