Humphrey Institute's Larry Jacobs lays it on the line: "future of Minnesota not a bright one."
This is getting very serious folks. Denial at Morrill Hall and at the State Capitol is no longer acceptable. It is time for new leadership both places so that we can work together to solve our very serious economic problems.
The time for posturing has passed.
President Bruininks, in your remaining time, please start exhibiting some leadership.
Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, discusses how a major political crisis in Minnesota is leading to an economic crisis in regard to the state's budget.
A down economy, evaporating stimulus money, differing political priorities and an upcoming gubernatorial election are only adding to the state's budget-balancing problems, Jacobs said. Unless the two parties are able to find common ground on taxing and spending, Jacobs sees the future of Minnesota as "not a bright one."