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Governor's State of the State Address 2016

When I took office five years ago, I pledged 'A Better Minnesota.' There is no doubt in my mind that our state is better today than it was back then, but don't take my word for it. Instead look at our accolades from many national organizations.


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Image of a wind turbine on a prairie. Governor Mark Dayton: I am eager to work with legislators and with businesses to grow Minnesota's clean energy economy. Let us proceed, not by politicking with the health of future generations, but rather by protecting them.


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Image of a hand under a running faucet. Governor Mark Dayton: All Minnesotans should have the right to clean, safe water for their drinking, bathing, and recreation.


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Image of a bridge under construction over the Mississippi river, tall buildings in the background. Governor Mark Dayton: This is about construction projects, not campaign posters. And it's too urgent to be left for another year.


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Image of quarters piled on a flat surface. Governor Mark Dayton: To hold $29 million of desperately needed unemployment benefits hostage to $272 million in fund cuts is unnecessary. And it's cruel.


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Close up of two hands gripping each other. Governor Mark Dayton: We must take immediate action to begin to relieve the terrible and persistent racial inequalities imbedded in our society


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Image of Governor Mark Dayton high-fiving a young student as she walks to class. Governor Mark Dayton: 60,000 Minnesota four-year-olds need Minnesota's grown-ups to go beyond their big self-interests and place those little interests first.


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Image of college students lined up for graduation. Governor Mark Dayton: The U of M and MNSCU need to build new facilities in which to provide the world-class educations their students will need to be successful in this global economy.


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Image of an empty road leading to Minneapolis. Governor Mark Dayton: We find ourselves at a crossroads. Over the last five years we have made great progress toward A Better Minnesota. We can continue down that road and build a state that works even better for ALL Minnesotans. Or, we can reverse course and retreat to where we were just a few years ago: Doing less and getting less.


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