The failure of the 2011 Minnesota legislature to address the budget prior to their adjournment is absolutely irresponsible! This legislature was fortunate to have a governor that was consistently available to work with them and has shown a willing to compromise. The resulting stress placed on Minnesota citizens is totally unnecessary and shows questionable behavior and priorities by this legislature. Many of the Republican legislators made clear again and again that their personal priorities were more important than getting the job.
The fact that the Republicans consumed large amounts of time on divisive and unnecessary legislation attests to either the immaturity or the self-serving tendencies of the majority. Remember, the Republican Party has been forcing out the more moderate and rational members for the last few decades. As a result, the leadership or active core now seems to be dominated by the extremists or eccentrics who are insensitive to the needs of the average citizen. Their concern with governance is totally lacking, it is all about games or winning their short-sighted objectives.
The question is why any of the general public condones these narrow-minded individuals when so much is at at stake and so much needs to be done. The focus needed to be on the budget and jobs. Not only did not resolve the budget, some of their petty legislation will probably result in job loss.