Do best for state, not politics [UPDATED]Published 10:31am Thursday, November 8, 2012 Updated 12:32pm Thursday, November 8, 2012
After only two years, the Republicans have lost control of the Minnesota House and Senate. The now-majority DFL House and Senate certainly has reason to celebrate.
But as this election has proven, victories do not mean DFLers have a mandate to do anything they want. The DFL would be wise in learning from the Republicans’ mistakes.
Republicans clearly felt that way after 2010. Clearly, they overreached.
Refusing to compromise with Gov. Mark Dayton on any hint of a tax increase, and placing the marriage and voter ID constitutional amendments on this year’s ballots seems to have been a mistake.
Minnesota DFLers, however, need to recognize that, though they were given control in all three branches of government, the message seems to be clear: do what’s right for your state, and not what’s right for your party.
Clearly, Minnesota state government, which is likely to face a deficit in the next couple of years, will need a fix.
And while the majority means that some tax increase — likely on the wealthiest Minnesotans as Dayton wanted — will be passed, it won’t be a deficit cure-all.
There simply cannot be a long-term fix to Minnesota’s budget without cutting more spending. If the Democrats think otherwise, they will face the same results as the Republicans did this year.
One action that might go a long way: Pick moderates to lead the House and Senate — maybe even from outstate Minnesota — rather than extremists.