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Governor Mark Dayton speaks out about budget forecast


Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The latest state budget forecast is great news for Minnesota! For the first time in seven years, the forecast is predicting budget surpluses for our state’s current biennium and the next one. When I took office three years ago, the 2011 forecast predicted a deficit of $5 billion for the next two years. This year’s Forecast predicts a surplus of $2.6 billion.

Some politicians will argue over who deserves what credit for these exceptional improvements. I believe the credit belongs principally to the people of Minnesota. To our businessmen and women, who have added over 133,000 jobs during the past three years. To their hard-working, productive employees, who made those new investments successful. And to the teachers, health care providers, law enforcement personnel, and state and local government employees, who make Minnesota such a great place in which to live, work, and raise a family.

Actions at the State Capitol have also aided our state’s economic recovery. We balanced the state budget even while repaying all of the $2.8 billion borrowed from our schools. We raised state income taxes on only our very wealthiest citizens, the top 2 percent. We used part of that revenue to provide property tax relief, which has halted a decade of drastic increases. We invested most of the rest in better education. Early childhood education, all-day kindergarten, per-pupil aid increases, tuition freezes at MnSCU and U of M campuses will all contribute to a better Minnesota for decades to come.

We also invested in more jobs and better jobs. Three state bonding bills during the past three years took advantage of low interest rates to fund hundreds of construction projects, which are improving college campuses, state parks, bridges, and highways, while providing jobs for unemployed workers. Additionally, we made smart public investments that have encouraged major business expansions by 3M, Mayo Clinic, AGCO, Magnetation, Shutterfly, and many others, which are creating thousands of new jobs. They are some of the reasons why the Gallup Job Creation Index ranked Minnesota the fifth best state for job creation in 2013.

We have shown that there is an important role for government in our state’s economic progress. Now we can help create more progress, by wisely allocating this biennium’s $1.2 billion surplus.

My top priorities are:

#1. Tax Cuts for Middle-income Minnesotans and Businesses; .....
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Minnesota Department of Revenue offers tips when filing income taxes

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. – With the income tax filing season in full swing, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is offering helpful tips for taxpayers when filing their income taxes. The department encourages taxpayers to choose Direct Deposit, allowing for ..... 
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Commerce Department Files Statement of Charges in Senior Fraud Swindle Case

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – Late yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Barbara Stark and Susan Walker, former Ameriprise Financial Services agents. The outcome will determine civil penal ..... 
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Minnesota roads see 12 traffic fatalities in 10 day period

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – At least 12 people were killed on Minnesota roads since February 28, according to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). Since January 1, 51 people have died on Minnesota roads, two more than this t ..... 
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Sen. Franken seeks entrants to poetry contest for Minnesota students

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that he is hosting his third annual poetry contest for Minnesota students. The theme of this year’s ..... 
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MNsure Completes Contact Center Representative Surge

Tue, Feb 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

100 total additional agents taking calls tomorrow; hold times reduced by more than 90% ST. PAUL, Minn. – Beginning February 26, 50 additional customer service representatives will join the MNsure Contact Center, bringing the total amount of ne ..... 
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Commerce Commissioner releases “Top Five Things You Need to Know about Money” podcast

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – According to the 2012 Financial Capability study, a majority of adults do not have adequate savings in the event of a financial emergency or to meet long-term goals such as college or financial security in retirement. The Minne ..... 
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2014 speeding past 2013 in traffic fatalities

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This year is off to a deadly start on Minnesota roads, and drivers are being urged to buckle up and slow down. Nearly two-thirds of the 31 people who died January 1-February 12, 2014, were not wearing seat belts or were in spee ..... 
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Governor Dayton proposes funding measure to ensure no child is denied lunch in Minnesota schools

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Governor Mark Dayton proposed providing additional funding in the upcoming legislative session to ensure that every child has access to a nutritious lunch in Minnesota schools. A new report released this week by Mid-Minnes ..... 
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