Friday, July 01, 2011

Jeering Republicans Shut Down Minnesota State Government

In the name of protecting millionaires from taxes, Republicans brought down the state of Minnesota last night. The right-wing fanatics also wanted "photo ID requirements at the polls and abortion restrictions."

While the Governor was speaking of his sorrow about the government shutdown last night, Republicans could actually be heard jeering and hissing:

Talks imploded Thursday between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders in the final hours before a midnight deadline, and Minnesota began a historic government shutdown. "This is a night of deep sorrow for me," Dayton said in an address at 10 p.m. that was punctuated by jeers and hisses from Republicans, including some lawmakers.

The governor said his last offer would have raised income taxes only on those earning more than $1 million a year -- an estimated 7,700 Minnesotans, or 0.3 percent of all taxpayers, according to the Revenue Department. Republicans rejected the proposal.

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