January 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
ST. PAUL Republican legislative leaders took little time to reject Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan Monday to fund public works projects.
Tags: dayton, mark dayton, Minnesota, Minnesota politics, Politics 6 Comments »
I say go for it Mr. Dayton! ‘Stimulus spending’ has worked wonders at the national level (where we are in debt up to our ears with near 10% unemployment), I don’t see how it couldn’t work at the state level! Why does Minnesota insist upon electing such clueless people to national and state offices?
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Looks like Business as Usual on the hill. Who cares about the best interest of the state when you can be counterproductive.
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No kidding. It’s a shame the GOP is so shortsighted that they’ll let great assets to the state fall apart. They have no notion of return on investment nor do they have any interest in providing services to the people of Minnesota. They simply want to “slash funding” without regard to the consequences (ignoring the fact they they never actually cut funding). Fixing roofs and maintaining state facilities is critical and the nanotechnology center at the UofM is desperately needed to house new research projects (which bring in funding and reputation to the state). The UofM physics building (Tate Labs) is simply not sufficient for a lot of modern research and simply cannot house the growing research efforts at the university. Many labs also need the new space as they need to find new locations further away from the light rail going down Washington Avenue (numerous research projects cannot function with the levels of electromagnetic radiation and vibration created by the trains).
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I love the ‘Money grows on trees’ party. Where the heck is the state of MN going to get $1B? They have a multi-billion dollar deficit already! I am so glad I don’t live there anymore.
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Higher Ed pays for itself, easily. The amount of revenues brought into the state by educated people way outpaces that of those who don’t exceed their high school diploma. The tax money spent to encourage this is ALWAYS well spent.
Minnesota has more fortune 500 companies than almost every other state… yes positive economic results from high education.
Compare this with South Dakota, a state that has no income tax, and doesn’t pay crap for their higher education institutions.
OOPS, couldn”t find any Fortune 500 companies there.
Those companies, those HIGH INCOME, HIGH TAXPAYING companies that hire highly educated college graduates don’t go to the states that have low taxes, they go to the states that fund education.
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Dayton must be back on the sauce.
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