Senator Reinert’s State of the State Response
Tonight Governor Mark Dayton gave his annual State of the State speech, detailing his plans and priorities for the year. The Governor’s speech concentrated heavily on continuing to improve the state’s economy through job creation, government reform, and investments in education.
“I was happy to hear Governor Dayton focus on the economy. Clearly for middle and lower income Minnesotans, that’s their number one priority this year,” said Senator Reinert. “I enthusiastically agree with the Governor in urging the Legislature to pass a bonding bill early this session. That bonding bill should prioritize fixing our state’s aging infrastructure.” Senator Reinert went on to say, “this would create jobs for those hardest hit by the economic recession – construction trades people.”
Governor Dayton’s speech also noted the competitive economic advantage Minnesota would gain by investing in both the state’s K-12 and higher education systems. “As a teacher and a product of the Minnesota public education system, I know that we must return to investing again in education,” said Senator Reinert. “There’s much to be done in this area, especially given the state’s obligation to pay back the $2.1 billion K-12 school shift and the continual rise in college tuition costs around the state.”
According to Governor Dayton, 70% of jobs in Minnesota will require some level of higher education by 2018. “Throughout our state’s history, investments in education have consistently been the highest return for the dollar invested,” Senator Reinert stated. “As we look to our state’s economic future, we can’t go wrong by investing in the talent and skill of our next generation.”