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Investing in Minnesota's Middle Class: Education, Jobs, and Tax Relief

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Categories: Jobs, Greater Minnesota, Budget


Governor Dayton Greets Constituent
Governor Dayton Greets Constituent  

Growing the middle class is essential to Minnesota’s economy. This past legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton delivered on his promise to create a Better Minnesota for the middle class. Working with the DFL legislature, the governor made new high-impact investments in the following areas:
  • Education
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Property tax relief
These investments help Minnesota families with the basic by helping their kids get a world-class education, helping parents find good paying jobs and by providing needed property tax reductions.

Education
Every child deserves top quality education that’s why, from early childhood programs to high schools, Minnesota schools will receive a $485 million funding increase during the next two years. This means more funding for every learner in every school – including $134 million to ensure that all Minnesota children have access free all-day kindergarten. It also includes $40 million in scholarships to help 8,000 more children attend high quality childcare and preschool, ensuring they are prepared for kindergarten and beyond!

Higher Education
More and more jobs require education beyond high school. During the next two years, Minnesotans will reap the benefits of a $250 million investment in higher education. This includes $46 million in financial aid for students and a tuition freeze to curb costs at all public colleges and universities in Minnesota. 

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Governor Dayton's Fishing Opener Photo Contest

Posted on May 08, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Outdoors, Economy, Greater Minnesota

Celebrate the fishing season in Minnesota by submitting your fishing opener photo

The 66th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener will kick off this weekend in the Park Rapids Lakes Area, a popular destination for outdoor recreation. This extended weekend in northwest Minnesota will be full of fun activities for the whole family, leading up to opening day across Minnesota on Saturday, May 11, 2013. 

To celebrate the kick off of the fishing season across Minnesota, Governor Dayton has launched a “Best Minnesota Fishing Opener Photo” contest for his new Facebook Cover photo. To participate, all you need to do is submit a photo you have taken during fishing opener weekend in Minnesota. Please submit your entries to Dayton.media@state.mn.us by Friday, May 17, 2013 (See details at the bottom of the blog).

The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. The event was designed to promote the development of Minnesota’s recreation industry, and in recent years, it has served as a kick-off celebration for the summer tourism season. Travel and tourism generate $11.3 billion in leisure and hospitality gross sales in Minnesota annually.

Fishing in Minnesota is more than a pastime; it’s vital to the economy and offers so much more beyond its face-value. Help support a Minnesota tradition and get your fishing license today, either online or at any DNR supported location.  See you at the lake!

Photo contest submissions:

Please include your name, a description of the photo, the location where the photo was taken, and the date that the photo was taken with your email submission to Dayton.media@state.mn.us.

The Governor will choose a photo that will be displayed on his Facebook cover on Friday, May 17, 2013.

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Celebrating Arbor Day in Minnesota

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM
Categories: Greater Minnesota, Environment, Outdoors

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April 26th is Arbor Month in Minnesota.

Arbor Day - plant trees for a brighter MinnesotaGovernor Dayton has proclaimed today to be Arbor Day in Minnesota. Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of each April to celebrate the importance of trees worldwide. Today kicks off an entire month for celebrating trees in Minnesota that will continue for the entire month of May.

Trees and forests brighten Minnesota in a number of ways, from providing recreational setting and increasing property values, to making cities more beautiful and livable. Trees also bring communities together and reduce crime when they are planted. Minnesota’s trees are crucial to brightening the environment by improving air and water quality as well.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is leading this year’s Arbor Day initiative. This year’s theme for Arbor Day and Arbor Month is “Plant Trees for a Brighter Minnesota.” The DNR is encouraging Minnesotans to replace trees lost during the past year due to severe weather or any other reason. For information on how to get the DNR’s guide for Arbor Day and Arbor Month, check out their Arbor Month website here.


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Building a Better Minnesota: Regional Civic Centers and Downtown Improvements

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Categories: Bonding, Economy, Jobs, Greater Minnesota

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Governor Dayton's bonding proposal invests $98.5 million in Minnesota's downtowns

Governor Dayton’s commitment to building a better Minnesota starts with jobs that help build communities. The governor’s bonding proposal invests $98.5 million in the downtowns of regional centers; projects that will create jobs, attract additional private investment, and support economic development in communities across Minnesota. Those investments include: 
  • $35 million for the Rochester Civic Center expansion
  • $20 million for reconstruction of Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis
  • $14.5 million for a new addition to the Mankato Civic Center
  • $14 million to double the size of the Children’s Museum in downtown St. Paul
  • $10.1 million for an expansion of the St. Cloud Civic Center

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Governor Dayton Hits the Road to Make the Case for Budget for Better Minnesota

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Categories: Budget, Greater Minnesota


ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Dayton is bringing his proposed ‘Budget for a Better Minnesota’ to the people of Minnesota. In an effort to engage Minnesotans in personal conversations about his proposed investments in education, job creation, and improving the lives of middle-class families, the governor will be hosting ‘Meetings with Mark’ in communities around the state, starting with a town hall meeting in Duluth on Wednesday, March 20th, at the Public Safety Building, 2030 North Arlington Avenue.

‘Meetings with Mark’ will give Minnesotans the opportunity to weigh-in on the state’s ongoing budget conversation – offering their ideas, questions, and concerns about the state’s education system, our economy, and our shared future. Governor Dayton welcomes all viewpoints and invites all Minnesotans to join him in conversation about the budget challenges facing our state and the investments we need to make in order to build a Better Minnesota. All ‘Meetings with Mark’ are free and open to the public and press.

Last week, Governor Dayton provided the details of his Budget for a Better Minnesota, delivering a fair and balanced budget that will responsibly resolve the state’s deficit and make crucial investments in Minnesota’s future. The Governor’s proposal focuses on improving the lives of Minnesotans by making major investments in education, job creation, and a stronger middle class. Those investments include $640 million in new funding for education, $86.5 million for job creation and economic development, and $120 million in aid to local governments that will help provide property tax relief to Minnesota homeowners, renters, and businesses.

Additional information about future ‘Meetings with Mark’ will be provided in the coming days. More information about the governor’s Budget for a Better Minnesota is available online at http://mn.gov/governor/budget. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #BetterMN.

WHO: Governor Mark Dayton

WHAT: ‘Meeting with Mark’ to discuss the state budget

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20 6:00pm

WHERE: Duluth Public Safety Building, 2030 North Arlington Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811


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Today in the Budget

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM
Categories: Budget, Economy, Greater Minnesota

MSU Logo photo credit: Flickr user xavierla

Today, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman submitted a commentary to the Star Tribune, strongly supporting Governor Dayton’s proposed investments in aid to local governments and $1.4 billion in direct property tax relief to homeowners. Mayor Coleman’s commentary is provided in the attached document. The governor has proposed a $120 million increase in aid to cities and counties, and a $500 property tax rebate for every Minnesota homeowner. More details on the governor’s property tax relief plan are detailed below.


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Today in the Budget

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM
Categories: Budget, Education, Greater Minnesota

Governor Dayton and Commissioner Cassellius read to students at Northport Elementary School
Governor Dayton and Commissioner Cassellius read to students at Northport Elementary School 

Today, the Star Tribune editorial board highlighted the need to invest in early learning, citing the work of Minnesota economist Art Rolnick that shows “for every dollar invested in preschool, society receives a $17 return.” The Star Tribune praised President Obama and Governor Dayton for making early childhood education a priority. The governor’s plan would boost funding for early childhood education and all-day Kindergarten – giving our youngest learners the tools to succeed in school and life.
 
Right now, half of Minnesota children are coming to school unprepared to learn; and Minnesota’s achievement gap is one of the worst in the nation. That is why Governor Dayton’s budget would provide early childhood scholarships for 11,000 more Minnesota students. And it would provide free all-day Kindergarten for 46,000 students statewide. These investments require new revenues proposed in the governor’s tax reform plan.
 
Today, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius is meeting with students and teachers in Austin to discuss the governor’s proposed investments in all-day Kindergarten, and to highlight the need for additional investments in our youngest learners.
 
 
In the News
 
Star Tribune Editorial
 
For too long, Minnesota’s 3- to 5-year-olds have not been high on the state funding priority list — even though most research proves the educational and societal value of strong early education.
 
But welcome momentum is building in St. Paul and Washington, and this could be a banner year for Minnesota’s youngest learners. Under proposals at both the state and federal levels, early learning could receive a much-needed funding boost that would give thousands more youngsters a shot to be better lifelong students and successful adults.
 
Under Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget plan and the supporting House education bill, preschool and kindergarten would receive an additional $84 million annually. That would fund the expansion of all-day kindergarten, preschool and scholarships for quality child care for the state’s neediest students.

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Today in the Budget

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Categories: Budget, Greater Minnesota, Health, Education

Today in the News

Star Tribune
For some Minnesota businesses, sales tax debate is all about fairness

Don't tell Wendy Brown that a business can't charge a sales tax and survive. She's been collecting the tax every time she gives a Schnauzer or a golden doodle a shampoo and a clip at her shop in south Minneapolis. So to her, Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to lower the tax rate and spread it to a wider variety of businesses -- such as hair salons for humans -- is about fairness.

"I'm just surprised that hair salons have not been taxed," said Brown, owner since 1976 of Wendy's Doghouse, a pet grooming shop a few blocks west of the Minnehaha Dog Park. "I've been paying sales tax forever."

"The lines have been drawn over the years, and they've been relatively arbitrary," said Myron Frans, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue. "There's some people that say the rationale is simply, it depends on who was in the room when the bill was written."

"It's really silly that we've narrowed our sales tax so much," said Wade Vitalis, owner of the Drive-In Restaurant in Taylors Falls (closed for the winter) and Gransburg, Wis. Vitalis has been collecting sales tax for 26 years, adding it to the price of each patty melt and butterscotch malt. When businesses argue that they wouldn't be able to handle it and still prosper, he doesn't buy it.

"I don't have a lot of sympathy for that argument," he said. "If you can't figure out how to do it, someone will, because this is America."

Minnesota Public Radio
Dayton wants to boost funding for English language learning

CHASKA, Minn. — In hopes of boosting student achievement, Gov. Mark Dayton wants to boost funding for the state's English language learning programs by about $4.5 million a year, a 12 percent increase over current levels.

The governor's proposal is aimed at helping the 65,000 students in Minnesota for whom English is not a first language.

The state spends $40 million a year helping those students learn English, while they also study math, reading, writing, and other subjects.

Around the State

This week, cabinet level commissioners continued bringing the governor’s budget proposal to the people of Minnesota. Yesterday, Office of Higher Education Director Larry Pogemiller visited with college students in Moorhead, discussing Governor Dayton’s proposed investments in student financial aid. Today, Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson is in Duluth with Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon to discuss the governor’s proposed investments in children’s mental health. The governor’s cabinet will continue traveling across Minnesota next week, holding conversations with Minnesotans about Governor Dayton’s Budget for a Better Minnesota.


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Budget for a Better Minnesota: Bringing Affordable Housing to Greater Minnesota

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Budget, Greater Minnesota, Jobs

Bringing Affordable Housing to Greater Minnesota

Greater Minnesota faces housing shortages, a major problem when trying to attract and retain workers and their families near employment opportunities. That’s why The Governor’s Housing and Job Growth budget initiative will provide $10 million through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s (MHFA) Economic Development and Housing Challenge initiative to help communities and employers address this issue. 


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Major Successes for Minnesota DNR in 2012: Agency made strides in protecting natural resources, improving outdoor recreation

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Categories: Outdoors, Jobs, Greater Minnesota, Environment

Source: DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) tackled important issues in 2012 and accomplished major successes – achievements which touched the lives of Minnesotans across the state. From responding to historic flooding in east-central Minnesota and Duluth, to the destructive July winds in the state’s northern forests, to a drought which culminated in severe wildfire conditions, DNR staff worked with Minnesota communities to minimize impact, complete emergency infrastructure repairs and to respond to disasters as they were unfolding.

“Gov. Mark Dayton has directed all his agency commissioners, including me, to make Minnesota work for Minnesotans,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “DNR’s accomplishments in 2012 show what we can achieve when we collaborate with others and address hard issues.”


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