What a joke. For every 'regular Joe Citizen' that gets to speak, there are three liberal special interest lobbyists, begging the legislators not to cut their programs. All that's missing are the violins.
I have it on good authority that the MN DFL has shot down a Republican proposal that would do away with the political contribution rebate plan. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, the political contribution rebate plan rebates political contributions (up to $100 per year per couple) using taxpayer money. Pretty much operates like a slush fund to be able to utilize taxpayer money to fund campaigns. Doing away with this program would have saved the Minnesota taxpayers $10,000,000 per year.
That's why so-called "listening" tours are so much bullshit. They refuse to change their own behavior. They talk a good game, but in the end they're going to do what they're going to do, which is to sit around and cast aspersions on the Governor's plan while coming up with no constructive solutions of their own.
To call it "disingenuous" would be to pay the process tribute.