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  •  You MNers are always down on yourselves! (2+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, askew

    Even when you have the trifecta there is kvetching.

    Is it the climate?

    A lower deficit, something the GOP legislature screwed up, and a prudent pay raise. The optics are probably bad. It's never popular to raise the legislators' salaries. But I don't see any bad policy. Students for a New American Politics!

    by redrelic17 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:37:32 AM PDT

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    •  I think of it more as pragmatic than pessimistic (3+ / 0-)
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      Mark27, ArkDem14, WisJohn

      I was as high as anyone going into the 2012 elections (let's be honest, NO ONE thought the voter ID amendment would fail). But everything since January had just been an utter mess in St. Paul, and its all self-inflicted wounds.

      •  Again, why didn't anyone think of merely... (2+ / 0-)
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        itskevin, gabjoh

        ...legislating a delay in the pay raises for a couple cycles?  Or even three?  That makes it easy to tell voters it's not self-enrichment, there will be a few elections before anyone gets the extra money.  I think that would work well politically.

        I mentioned this above, and further in the U.S. Constitution the 27th Amendment since its 200-year-delayed ratification does something like this for Congress.

        45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 06:03:33 PM PDT

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    •  Raising salaries by 35 or 80% (2+ / 0-)
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      WisJohn, nimh

      can never be called "prudent"... especially in any year your raise taxes or cut spending.

      Mr. Gorbachev, establish an Electoral College!

      by tommypaine on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:16:07 AM PDT

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