I missed Governor Mark Dayton's gem response to his own $39 billion dollar budget proposal last week,
“I wouldn’t vote for my budget myself except that what’s the better alternative.”
Let that sales pitch sink in while you scratch your head. ABC Newspapers interviewed Dayton and it appears he's facing a hard sell, and an even harder time marketing his prescription for solving Minnesota's budget deficit:
It’s been a week since Dayton introduced his budget for the next biennium. He was asked if he would do anything differently with the budget after reading and hearing many different reactions. He responds to the question with a quick “no.” He says there is “no way” to make a budget look good when facing a $1.1 billion deficit and having to pay back $1.6 billion in school funds used in a shift to balance the last budget.
To remind readers, Mark Dayton vetoed a GOP-led school payback bill passed last year, calling it "irresponsible." But spending $38 billion with a $1.1 billion deficit and raising $3.6 billion in new taxes is not? Dayton also came up with some cliches to defend and sell the budget. This one is my favorite:
With this budget, there are no games, no gimmicks and no fiction.
With neighboring states luring businesses and citizens from Minnesota, spending and tax increases will not help — but that won't stop Dayton from selling us a sugar pill disguised as a remedy. The Governor's prescription with bad side effects inspired me to create another parody ad: