St. Paul, Minn.— Last night Governor Dayton gave his final State of the State address to Minnesotans. Senator Greg Clausen released the statement below in response:
“Gov. Dayton outlined some of the great Minnesotan successes of the last eight years, and I share his optimism for our future. The state of the state is strong. Minnesota ranks better economically than most of the nation with accolades from many organizations.
I’m proud to have contributed to Minnesota’s successes by supporting sound investment policies that have brought us out of a $6.2 billion budget deficit and into years of state budget surpluses. Today, we have $1.9 billion in budget reserves and last month state officials forecast a $329 million surplus for the remainder of the current two-year budget cycle.
As an educator, I am proud to have supported Gov. Dayton’s meaningful investments in early education, implemented all-day kindergarten for parents who choose it for their children, and increased investments in K-12 public education. These investments have provided an academic jump-start for our state’s youngest learners and increased student performance to help our students be college and career ready. As the higher education lead, I am proud of our workforce and training policies we’ve implemented to make sure our students are college and career ready.
However, we cannot rest on our past successes. We must move forward on our positive track of finding ways to reduce student loan debt, passing a responsible bonding bill that puts more people to work, finding a stable funding source to pay for safer roads and bridges, and continue passing budgets that are stable, responsible, and sustainable.”