Our Viewpoint: Voters send message to state legislature

A record number of Minnesota voters on Tuesday, Nov. 6, sent a strong message to their legislators — end the gridlock, compromise and do what’s best for the state, not for the political party.

They had in mind those days when inability to reach a compromise on a budget actually shut down the state government.

To make sure gridlock ends, Minnesotans gave Gov. Mark Dayton and the Democrats a clear path by giving Dayton a legislature controlled by the DFL.

Minnesotans expect to see less fighting and more compromising on a balanced budget, including some revenue raisers, a reformed tax system, an equitable funding for schools, incentives for business development and assistance for the disabled and the elderly.

In giving Gov. Dayton a DFL-controlled House and Senate, voters showed they have trust in his ability to work with all legislators, regardless of their political stripes and do the people’s business.

This is no time for the DFL to gloat over this legislative victory. Rather, leaders of both parties and the governor must be willing to forget the rancor of the campaign and heed the voters’ concerns. To push for a long list of liberal initiatives is not what voters said they want. They want legislation that will fix the economy, encourage businesses and provide jobs.

Republican members need to understand that doing what the public wants in a civil manner trumps what their conservative and party affiliation dictates.

In a campaign of unprecedented spending, Minnesotans had to wade through a barrage of campaign messages, some of them very misleading.

They also sent a message in voting down two amendments to the Minnesota Constitution that they want a more tolerant society that includes gays who are married and voters who would have difficulty obtaining a government-issued ID.

This election was not a victory so much for the DFL as it was for the people who believe their legislators should stop fighting one another and fight for what the people say they want.

It’s the DFL party’s turn in power. Failure to heed what the people want in their government could result in their losing the people’s trust and confidence two years from now.

An editorial from the ECM Editorial Board. Sun Newspapers is part of ECM Publishers, Inc.

  • Bill

    Are you joking?

    The idea that the DFL will be about comproming and “less fighting” is a denial of all that is historical. The leaders of the Sun Post have their heads buried deep in their liberal ideology and not in reality.

    What you will see now are closed meetings, deals between DFL’ers that will not include one minute of concern about what the GOP members think. They will gavel down amendments, they will not call on their for their thoughts, and they will force on Minnesotans things they did not run on.

    The message voters sent with this change is that lying and negative campaigning works. The lies told about Sen. Kruse were epic. Every independent monitor who rated campaign commercials called those against Kruse to be outright lies. But the people of his district believed them and elected someone who will be nothing but a shill for the DFL leadership.

    For the editorial staff and ownership of the Sun Post to believe that this is a message to stop fighting demonstrates just why we have a paper that’s no longer read by anyone. You just don’t understand the world we live in.