ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton delivered the State of the State address this evening before a joint convention of the Minnesota Legislature. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk released the following statement:
“The Governor spoke from the heart tonight about the serious challenges facing our state and provided a clear vision for Minnesota’s future based on our shared goal to erase the state’s billion dollar deficit and make targeted investments that will set Minnesota on a course for long-term prosperity.
As the Governor rightly pointed out, trying to cut our way to prosperity is a failed experiment. For more than a decade, Minnesota has been in a constant cycle of crisis management, facing budget deficits in 8 of the last 11 years. Whether or not you agree with every aspect of the Governor’s proposal, it is clear that the status quo is not an option. Governor Dayton is finally providing the kind of leadership that will keep Minnesota on top in the 21st century.
I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature and Governor Dayton as we work together on tackling these tremendous challenges and making the difficult decisions that will shape the future of Minnesota.”