The DFL isn’t wasting time in spending money we don’t have. This MPR article is about a report that says we should “bolster the Environmental Quality Board.” First, let’s start with the basics. Let’s start with who the EQB is:
The EQB consists of the commissioners of nine state agencies and four citizens. It was created in 1972, but over the years its staff has shrunk and it seldom has the resources to fulfill its original mandate of studying and coordinating on issues that go beyond the purview of a single state agency.
The first question I have is simple. Is the EQB necessary? The second question is simple, too. What official responsibilities does the EQB have? Third, are the EQB’s official responsibilities counterproductive? Fourth, since this agency was created in 1972, has anyone thought about how the EQB’s official responsibilities might be streamlined or eliminated?
This part is exceptionally telling:
…over the years its staff has shrunk…
Simply put, the DFL, now that they’re in full control, wants to start growing government, spending money recklessly and increasing government intrusion into our lives. Does anyone think that they aren’t itching to start raising taxes? Does anyone think they can’t wait to ‘make departments whole’?
Before I leave this part, this is a sign of what’s to come. Alida Messinger is a strident militant environmentalist. She’ll insist that the environment be give a high priority. Since she essentially owns the DFL, ABM and an environmental organization (Conservation Minnesota), she’ll surely get what she’s demanding.
The budget Gov. Dayton signed in 2011 was for $34,350,000,000. If anyone thinks this budget will be less than $39,000,000,000, they’re kidding themselves. It isn’t a stretch to think Gov. Dayton’s next budget won’t be more than $40,000,000,000.
That means he’ll need to sign the biggest tax increase in Minnesota history. That’s doomed for failure because the economy is shrinking. That means the estimates he’ll get from the Department of Revenue won’t come close to the revenues he’ll actually collect.
That means oversized deficits, likely the biggest in Minnesota history. Job growth, at least the jobs that aren’t tied to the DFL’s annual debt bill, will disappear. Within 2 years, Minnesota’s economy will be worse as a direct result of Gov. Dayton’s and the DFL’s policies, budgets and tax increases.
Faced with the choice of paying excessive taxes while the economy shrinks or paying lower taxes into a growing economy in North Dakota, many businesses will migrate to North Dakota.
The DFL won’t have anyone to blame for impending financial disaster that they’re about to embark on. Republicans can’t filibuster and they certainly don’t have the votes to prevent this disaster.
That means the $7,000,000,000-$10,000,000,000 biennial deficit heading our direction will be the millstone tied around their necks alone.
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