This is an open letter to Kurt Daudt and Sean Nienow.
I am very disappointed in the failure of the legislative majority to arrive at a reasonable agreement to operate the State of Minnesota for the next biennium. In the name of protecting our wealthiest from paying their fair share, the budget you just passed would inflict expense, discomfort, and inconvenience on those Minnesotans who are neither rich nor poor. More importantly, it would cause tremendous pain and disruption for the most vulnerable in our society.
I can take some discomfort for the team if I have to, but your attack on our children, our elderly, and our sick goes much too far. Biblical wisdom notes that “from those who have been given much, much will be required in return” (Luke 12:48) and “whatever you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:45)
As a Republican and as an individual legislator, you are responsible for the current impasse. You should have worked to build consensus around the critical issues facing the state but did not do so. The budget you passed was ill-conceived, short-sighted, packed with partisan cheap shots, and just plain mean.
The Governor was absolutely right to veto it.
However, it is not too late to do the right thing. I urge you to reconsider your positions. Remember a little compassion. Act as a citizen rather than just as a partisan. Be open to compromise.
Please negotiate with Governor Dayton in good faith and achieve a reasonable budget before July 1.