Will growing disparities continue to diminish America’s global competitiveness?
It took 19 days and laying off over 20,000 state workers before Governor Mark Dayton signed a $35.7 billion budget on Wednesday, July 20th. This feat was accomplished as a result of an agreement to delay payments, borrow funds, and apply the use of ‘creative’ accounting maneuvers. Sadly, in the end, neither Democrats or Republicans were pleased. Disparities in taxation remain firmly in place. Further budgets cuts were made to already underfunded programs, and now it is back to business as usual.