Gov. Dayton: Don't let a bad start stop solutions this session

  • Article by: MARK DAYTON
  • Updated: February 4, 2012 - 5:20 PM

I've made several proposals to put people back to work, among other initiatives. Let's work together.

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RossbergFeb. 4, 12 7:18 PM

If it was actually a "People's Stadium" it would be built primarily for the people's needs and the Vikings would simply be one of the tenants. If it was to be a job creator it would make more sense to build numerous cheaper ones located throughout the state so more jobs would be created at the same expense. It is neither. It is simply an overpriced garish football palace demanded by a private business for which the taxpayers have no interest in paying. About the only part of Gov. Dayton's assessment of the stadium project which is correct is that the legislators along with the county commissioners and the city councilpersons should be concerned about retribution via the ballot box by the voters against those who either vote for it or try to take away their required referendums.

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nemotodesFeb. 4, 12 7:28 PM

The ugly partisanship displayed by the governor during the first days of this year's legislative session was extremely disappointing.

When Dayton starts representing all the citizens instead of the unions maybe he will find others are willing to compromise.

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jcinbpFeb. 4, 1210:17 PM

I'm not in favor of building a stadium for the billionaire and millionaires. That being said I understand that a huge majority of Minnesotans (something like 85%) want the Vikings to stay and would be willing to support a new stadium. I do not envy the governor as he attempts to stare down the vandals in the legislature without DFL backup. My only hope is for a house cleaning come November. Only then can we get down to business.

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opticonFeb. 4, 1210:36 PM

Jobs seems to be a major sticking point in every article I read about the current economical situation every day. Personally, I took a job as as a pizza delivery driver out of desperation and worked my way up and am now able to provide for my family and keep our home. It seems like folks don't want "menial" jobs and prefer to have no job at all. Remember folks, it all starts someplace.

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patrickjdFeb. 5, 12 5:07 AM

1. Bonding bill. This is done every two years. It provides temporary jobs to union members. Not a permanent solution. 2. New Vikings stadium. Again, short term, temporary union jobs. Not a permanent solution. 3. Paying businesses to hire workers...um, no! This idea NEVER works. Obama has tried this several times. Hiring someone at $30,000 to get $3,000 back? Please. The Dems keep trying this expecting different resaults and we all know what that means. Dayton should be ignored and real business solutions should be made by legislators who have had real work related experience, unlike Dayton.

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nasethFeb. 5, 12 7:57 AM

Though I don't agree with every suggestion Gov. Dayton has proposed, I do appreciate that he's trying to focus on getting Minnesotans back to work, as opposed to keeping them from personal happiness or from voting, as the GOP has focused on in this the session ... again. This, despite having stated, again, that their first priority was jobs. Bold-faced lies and regressive social engineering from your MN GOP!

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luv2lisnFeb. 5, 12 8:19 AM

This is why I voted for Dayton, and why I would vote for him again: he has proposed an actual plan that stays focused on perhaps the most important functions of government the economic well being of the state. It is devoid of the silly partisan issues that the opposition party seems to be enamored with, and stays away from constitutional answers to legislative questions. His plan is forthright and clear, is not posted as mandate, but presented as a framework for discussion. It's recommendations are sound, but invite sound counterpoints, as presented in the StarTrib editorial on the opposite page. If the legislature would take this up as its first order of business, satisfy its goals, and do it in a timely manner, they could still have the balance of the session to pursue their absurd social engineering. This is what government is about, making the state a better place to live.

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debwaldinFeb. 5, 12 9:36 AM

Just how is this a "People's Stadium"? We pay for it but get no financial return on our investment. Zygi and the players get that. And how does putting some construction workers to work for three years really help our "jobs" problem? If this were a business that gave long-term, good-paying jobs to people, maybe I could get behind it. Governor Dayton - get back to the business of governing and get out of the stadium negotiations because the people are never going to win against sharks like Zygi. We're way out of our league.

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rickbrownFeb. 5, 1210:58 AM

All you catterwallers out there who are screaming for a political change in November might be careful for what they wish for. For every ugly anti repub comment I see here there is at least as many anti leftie comments. Remember you won't get the independent vote this time or even the cross over vote. The demographics indicate most über lefties live in large cities, but large numbers of out state voters will be at the polls. Your hatred of farmers, farm subsides, gun control, union backing, right to life, will also be voting. I am not predicting a winner nor should you.

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Jakein08Feb. 5, 1211:26 AM

rickbrown: I am predicting a winner in November. The GOP blew it's chance to lead by concentrating on constitutional ammendments, unfair allocating of senate $$ and positions, not to mention 2 million in debt and the Koch mess. this is not why the got elected but it is why they will not get reelected.

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