Richard Ungar: The Minnesota Shutdown – A Glimpse Into The Nation’s Future And The GOP’s True Intentions

Jul. 1 2011 – 6:21 pm
Source: Forbes
By Richard Ungar – The Policy Page

A telephone help line service for the elderly will not be ringing today in Minnesota.

Blind residents reliant on state funding for reading services will remain in the dark for as long as the government’s lights are turned off. Poor families who receive subsidies for childcare are on their own. The St. Louis Park Emergency Program’s food shelf will have bare pickings for those who depend on the program for sustenance. The Community Action Center of Northfield will likely be forced to close down its homeless shelter without the state funding upon which it relies to house the homeless.

And yes, 23,000 state workers will be trying to figure out how to care for their families without a paycheck for the duration along with an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 construction workers who will be laid off as the state shuts down dozens of road and highway projects.

These are but a few of the consequences of the shutdown of Minnesota’s government.

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“Take Back the Majority” Fundraiser set in Detroit Lakes

Mark your calendar!

The “Take Back the Majority” fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the home of Ted and Marysia Fiskevold, two miles east of Detroit Lakes. The event will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Special guest sponsors at the event from the Minnesota Senate include:

  • MN Senate Minority Leader Tom Baak (SD 06)
  • MN State Senator Keith Langseth (SD 09)
  • MN State Senator LaRoy Stumpf (SD 01)
  • MN State Senator Tom Saxhaug (SD 03)
  • MN State Senator Rod Skoe (SD 02)

Other elected officials have been invited, including:

  • MN Governor Mark Dayton
  • Congressman Collin Peterson (MN Congressional District 7)
  • MN State Representative Kent Eken (02A)
  • MN State Representative Paul Marquart (09B)
  • More…

There will be plenty of picnic food and beverages available, a variety of home-baked desserts, and even an ice cream bar. You’ll have plenty of time to meet your elected officials, try your chance at winning fabulous door prizes ($1 per ticket), and tour Ted’s basement museum (which we hear is chocked full of his musical, and political collections and other memorabilia).

The suggested donation for the event is $25 per person, which includes all of the above activities.

When: Saturday, June 4th

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Where: Ted and Marysia Fiskevold’s home
29038 State Hwy 34, Detroit Lakes, MN


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100 Days of Leadership

100 days into his term, Governor Dayton already has a long list of accomplishments

St. Paul (April 13, 2011) – Today marks 100 days into Governor Dayton’s term as governor. State DFL Chair Ken Martin released this statement:

“When Minnesotans went to the polls last fall, they knew what they wanted from a governor: strong leadership to create jobs and balance the budget, dependability and reason to reform government and uphold our values, and a vision to move our state forward and create a better life for our citizens. That’s exactly what we have in Governor Dayton. And today, we can all be thankful for what he has accomplished in just 100 days.

“Governor Dayton has spent his first 100 days creating jobs for Minnesota, and fighting for a budget that is fair, honest and responsible – and most importantly – balanced. Governor Dayton has spent his first 100 days changing the way our state government does business and moving our state forward to create a better Minnesota.

“One hundred days into his term, Governor Mark Dayton is making the tough choices and getting the job done to create a better Minnesota. While the Republicans continue to push for a cuts-only budget that would be devastating for the middle class, small businesses and the quality of life in our state, Governor Dayton continues to be the voice of reason, standing up for everyday Minnesotans.”

Read more about what Governor Dayton has done in the past 100 days.

Source: Minnesota DFL website: