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02/07/2013

Governor Mark Dayton delivered his annual State of the State Address Wednesday night. In his speech, he stressed his desire for more taxes on all Minnesota families totaling $3.7 billion. Governor Dayton is also requesting that the legislature increase spending by $2.7 billion for a total of $37.9 billion in state spending for the biennium.


“Governor Dayton is asking every Minnesotan to pay more, and they’re getting less from his proposed budget,” said senate Republican Leader David Hann (R-Eden Prairie). “We should be focused on growing our economy, not our government and we shouldn’t be asking taxpayers to pay more.”


“Tonight, the Governor laid out his budget proposal that we think will hurt middle class and low income families and hinder job growth. Prior to listening to the Governor, we held a listening session where we heard from job creators from across Minnesota. They confirmed what we believe to be true: the state of the state is improving but it’s a fragile recovery,” said House Republican Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown). “Republicans want to work to steadily continue on that path to prosperity, not change course as the Governor’s budget proposal suggests.”


Minnesota House Speaker Democrat Paul Thissen released the following statement in response to Governor Dayton’s State of the State address.



“Governor Dayton laid out a hopeful vision for our state and the tough choices we face to make it a reality.



We can choose the status quo, which has led to devastating cuts that hurt the middle class and our schools while still not solving our state’s persistent deficit problem. Or we can choose a new, bold direction where we make middle class Minnesotans the priority, invest in our schools and economic future, and solve our state’s deficit without the failed gimmicks of the past.



We share the Governor’s desire to set aside the status quo and take action to put our state on a path to long-term economic prosperity. That is what Minnesotans expect from us and we are excited for the opportunity to work together with the Governor to move our state forward.”





ROD HALVORSEN
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