NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Minnesota shutdown is over.
Governor Mark Dayton signed a $35.7 billion budget on Wednesday, ending the longest state shutdown in recent history.
The signing came shortly after lawmakers approved a two-year spending plan in the wee hours of the morning. It ended a impasse that shuttered much of the state government for the past 19 days.
This is what happens when you hang tough and the American people in Wisconsin are with you. The GOP folds like a cheap suitcase. The GOP behaved like spoiled brats with their temper tantrums and needed to be taught a lesson....
The current Legislature we have is truely the most incompitent and most arrogent I have seen in my entire life. Even amidst this shutdown, they ignored the budget crisis and instead tried to ram through legislation that would restrict voting rights (house speaker zellers said himself "voting is not a right, it's a priviledge"), restrict abortions, illigalize same sex unions (now there's a ballot measure next year), reduce state government headcount by 15%, and ban public unions and the list goes on. Thankfully, Governor Dayton vetoed all of these measures (minus the homophobic ballot measure). And only AFTER doing all this did they even consider the budget crisis. Heck, Governor Dayton came up with almost a dozen compromise packages (including one that was half spending cuts and half tax increases on top earners) and they still had the nerve to turn them down because they didn't want to see the people that elected them have to pay more taxes!! AND, they felt they deserved to be paid during the shutdown while tens of thousands of state employees lost their jobs because of their incompitence. And they don't think all this might have something to do with the fact that they have a 32% approval rating while Governor Dayton has 54%? They ALL deserve to and will lose their jobs in 2012. Our state has had enough with the Republican party.