The DFL-controlled Senate today (Monday, May 10) passed a state budget bill containing an income tax increase on wealthy Minnesotans.Most likely, she knew that a 'yes' vote to a tax increase to job-producing Americans during the middle of the worst recession in nearly a half-century would be political (not to mention economic) suicide, but in the end, like a vampire drawn to human blood, she couldn't help herself from pushing the 'yes' button.
The Senate passed the legislation on a 34-33 vote — Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, cast the deciding vote after the board had been left open for about 20 minutes with a 33-33 vote registering. A tie vote would fail. Clark indicated her tardiness was the result of being on the phone discussing a health issue of a son. Clark is the DFL-endorsed 6th Congressional District candidate running against Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater.
Not that it will do anything, since Governor Pawlenty is 'looking forward' to veto-ing the bill.
But thanks anyway, Tarryl. We CD-6 voters knew that we could count on you to show your true colors where it really mattered.