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POLL: What Do You Think of New Republican Efforts at the Legislature?

On the opening day of the 2012 sessions, Republicans laid off DFL staffers and spoke of proposing new constitutional amendments.

Minnesota's Republican majority in the House and Senate wasted little time in flexing its muscle on Tuesday's opening of the 2012 legislative session.

As its first order of business, the Senate Rules Committee passed a new budget that targeted layoffs exclusively to DFL staffers. Republican leaders also spoke of pushing through constitutional amendments to require voters to present photo ID at the polls, restrain spending and limit unions' power by making Minnesota a "Right to Work" state.

Patch wants to know what you think. Vote in our poll below and let us know why you support, oppose or have mixed feelings about these efforts.  

Mike McLean January 25, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I can't remember if you ran an unofficial poll last year when Gov Dayton shut down the state after saying during his campaign that he wouldn't. And then after 21 days of shut down, he accepted the Republicans' last offer from 21 days earlier.
Clare Kennedy January 25, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Hi Mike, At the time, I don't think we did run a poll. I'm pretty sure didn't have polling abilities on our sites until later in the year, which is unfortunate.
Mike McLean January 25, 2012 at 06:30 PM
OK - Thanks Clare.......
Tommy Johnson January 25, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Once again, the GOP demonstrates they believe in "shared sacrifice" form everybody (except themselves and their Boardroom Base).
Richard Henke January 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I mostly agree with the steps taken. We'll see if they can all work together on more important job creating issues. That will be the real test of this legislature.
Penna1965 January 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Amazing how the DFL only wants a collaborative government when they are in the minority.
Kevin O'Donovan January 28, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The GOP needs to get a "Voter ID" amendment on the Nov. ballot. We do not need to eliminate the right to unionize government workers. We do need to substitute defined contribution in exchange for defined benefits. We also need to penalize and criminalize politicians who allow for "Sanctuary Cities", and endow unmarried couples with the same benefits as married couples. If these issues are put to a public vote and the voters approve them, we should live with that decision. School vouchers might not become an issue this year but it is on the horizon. Higher Ed. tuition rates are unconscionable and MNSCU needs to be better defined to fit the needs of students and less for researchers. The Vikes need to find private financing for a new stadium .or leave. They did it in Dallas and S.F., The Vikes can do the same.
Dennis Gillespie January 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I pretty much agree with what Kevin say here. I would like to add if our higher ednucation was run by an oil company or pharma company, they would be constantly under investigation for price gauging. But being they are controlled by very libral individuals and have a lot of influence with Government, they just ask for more subsidies and loans to students which just to go high pay and more stadiums and structures for the Universities. The line education always uses is "It is for the Kids" It is used almost as much is the Rich should pay their Fairshare. And let me add that Gasoline is the latest to be added to the Sin Tax List along with Tobacco and Liqour.

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