ST. PAUL – State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said the insistence by the majority party in the Minnesota House and Senate to raise taxes has caused an unexpected, if not unwanted, conclusion to the 2009 Legislative Session.
“Never in my 17 years of service have I witnessed a veto override attempt upheld on a bipartisan basis,” Davids said. “I can’t say I’m surprised, because these proposals raised taxes on seemingly everything and everyone, even the poorest of the poor.”
Because Governor Pawlenty would not accept a budget proposal that included tax increases, and the House and Senate majority would not back down from this demand, Pawlenty made the decision to eliminate the budget on his own through line-item vetoes on spending bills and through executive actions.
“I’m disappointed the majority did not get its arms around our $6.4 billion budget deficit and pushed the problem on to Governor Pawlenty,” Davids said. “The Governor’s doors were open for negotiation, but the majority party leadership failed to negotiate. If there’s any positive to this news, it’s that we will not be spending millions of dollars on an unnecessary special session.”
Rep. Davids said his top three priorities also received good news this session, as K-12 education was held harmless from funding cuts, while public safety programs and nursing homes were prioritized during this unprecedented budget crisis.
With the 2009 session now behind us, Davids said he’d like area residents to share their thoughts regarding the Legislature’s highlights and lowlights. Davids can be reached by phone at (651) 296-9278. He can also be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com, or via U.S. Mail at 283 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155.