Gov. Dayton delivers up a broadside on state budget

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON and JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 9:11 AM

He used his State of the State address to tell his critics to get constructive or get out of the way.

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saintdonFeb. 6, 13 7:22 PM

If this doesn't prove he hasn't a clue how to govern economically, then we are all screwed. What the H is he talking about?

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don50Feb. 6, 13 7:32 PM

Minnesota elected Dayton? What we need to get more jobs and get more companies to hire more people is to raise taxes. Here is an example, how many jobs in the medical device industry have been lost already by raising taxes on them? Does the middle class think that the problem is that the need to pay more taxes and that this will make things better? Dayton is talking about raising taxes on everybody not just the 2 percent that includes rich people. Wake up Minnesota.

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jplamp9Feb. 6, 13 7:43 PM

Minnesota's top rate in the personal income tax ranks eighth in the nation; Dayton proposes to make us fourth. The change hits many of the 92 percent of Minnesota businesses that flow their business income through personal income taxes. Florida is open for business. He also puts MN businesses as a competitive disadvantage with business-to-business service tax. Finally, he raises spending by 7.6 percent, another $1 billion above the already $1.6 billion in projected spending growth. His recommended spending cuts -- just $167 million -- pale in comparison. Hope the Dems in this state who voted for him are enjoying the overreach.

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saintdonFeb. 6, 13 7:45 PM

Is it possible to remove a Governor from office for not being able to make sense in a speech he had HELP writing? I would take a banana peel over Dayton right now. I bet 90% of liberals would too. He does not know what he is doing. No clue.

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clownbasketFeb. 6, 13 7:46 PM

amazing a guy who never had a real job and has lived off a giant trust fund his whole life is an economic expert. He, along with most liberals, is only interested in "fair share"...how about freedom and liberty? His obsession with taxing the rich is insane.

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minn12Feb. 6, 13 7:47 PM

As a liberal democrat, Dayton is incapable of cutting any spending. As with the US economy, taxing and taking ALL the rich peoples' money would not make a dent in the deficit. All it does is drive the wealth creators away. Any rational person knows government spending is out of control, yet Dayton wants to tax and spend EVEN MORE money. He will be a one-term mistake once all his taxes on food, clothing, fees etc. start hurting everyone in Minnesota. But this is what you get when you elect liberals across the board. It's a painful lesson.

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groover6Feb. 6, 13 7:50 PM

Wake me up when he is done...He sounds like Obama on a strong sedative.

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fjbarrowsFeb. 6, 13 7:51 PM

Beyond clueless. His budget proposal doesn't stand a chance, and all he's doing now is trying to go the populist route. Dayton is complaining that not enough money is being spent, and that's in a state that hasn't had less than a 3% annual spending increase in over 40 years. Check out usspending dot com and check out Minnesota government spending. If we follwed even a normal spending growth rate our state government spending would be about 5 billion less than what it already is, not including Governor Dayton's proposals.

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guth54Feb. 6, 13 7:56 PM

How are you going to pay for that new Vikings stadium Mark?

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freedubayFeb. 6, 13 7:57 PM

Glad to know that it that chronic over spending wasn't the problem.

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