“I am hopeful, because I believe in Minnesota. I believe in Minnesotans.”
Governor Mark Dayton – February 15, 2012
Last night, Governor Mark Dayton delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature at the Minnesota State Capitol. By stressing the need to make key investments to get Minnesota working again, Governor Dayton outlined a clear vision for future prosperity in Minnesota: investing in jobs, investing in stronger education, and reform of government services.
The Governor called on business leaders and legislators to work with him to invest in more jobs in Minnesota. “They must be our No. 1 priority. So I say to legislators, let’s take your best ideas and my best ideas and turn them into jobs, and let’s do it now.” He urged the legislature to pass a combination of his bonding proposals, “Jobs Now” tax credits, and the Vikings stadium to put tens of thousands of Minnesotans back to work.
The Governor also stressed the reforms that have been made in education over the last year. In 2011, the Governor expanded Early Childhood Education, a step which helped to win Minnesota a federal Race to the top award. This year, Minnesota was one of only 10 states to earn a waiver from the failed No Child Left Behind law. The Governor acknowledged these successes and then challenged legislators to develop education initiatives in cooperation with educators. He challenged educators to prepare their students for jobs of the future.
Governor Dayton spoke about the need to save money, reduce waste, and make government work better for the people of Minnesota. “One area in which the Legislature and my Administration have worked well together is government reform. I look forward to continuing our bi-partisan collaboration in streamline permitting processes even further, reducing the costs of public services, and making them more cost-effective. We have already made real progress.” In 2012, the legislature must work with the Governor and our hard-working state employees toward more common-sense reforms.
In closing, the Governor emphasized the need to work together. “If we cooperate, if we share our best ideas, if we exchange our rigid ideologies for our shared ideals, we will revitalize our state, and we will be doing the jobs the people of Minnesota sent us here to do,” he said. Together, we can build a better Minnesota.
You can read Governor Mark Dayton's full State of the State address here.