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      Minnesota Reacts

      Posted on February 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Minnesota Responds: More Support for Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address

      Saint Paul – Minnesotans are continuing to voice their support for Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address tonight.

      TakeAction Executive Director Dan McGrath said, “We challenge legislators to pass the Governor’s jobs bills, including his bonding bill, so that Minnesotans can get back to work as soon as possible.”

      Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher added, “We welcome the opportunity to work with lawmakers to craft policies that address the real challenges facing our schools. Our educators in the classroom can bring valuable insights to the solutions.”

      Minnesota House Minority Leader Paul Thissen also weighed in on the speech. “Governor Dayton delivered a clear and hopeful message tonight about our call to leave this state better than we found it,” Thissen said. “I am confident we can answer this call if we focus on the bread and butter issues important to Minnesotans– creating jobs, strengthening our education system, and improving our economy for middle class Minnesotans.”

      Minnesota Responds: Minnesota Workers Applaud Governor Dayton’s Leadership

      Saint Paul – Following Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address, organizations representing working Minnesotans across the state were quick to applaud the Governor’s leadership on jobs.

      Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson said, "Governor Dayton’s proposals are proven solutions that will directly result in private sector job creation both today and in the future. “Legislators have an opportunity to produce the results Minnesotans deserve by working with Governor Dayton in building a better Minnesota. Working people are counting on Minnesota’s lawmakers to embrace bipartisan cooperation on policies that benefit all Minnesotans.”

      "The construction industry is struggling and we applaud Governor Dayton for his focus on jobs. Our members expect elected officials to get results and that's what the Governor is proposing with his bonding bill, the Vikings stadium, and the tax incentive jobs package. We urge the legislature to act and get our men and women back to work,” said Glen Johnson, Business Manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49.

      Minnesota Nurses Association President Linda Hamilton praised the Governor, saying “We’re glad the Governor continues to focus on what the vast majority of everyday people in our state want and need.”

      John Raines, the Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters also weighed in on the Governor’s speech. “Governor Dayton is talking about investing in our state and in its people,” said Raines. “He wants to get our economy moving through bonding for infrastructure. This will help the construction industry get on its feet again and will impact our state positively for generations to come.”

      SEIU Health Care President Julie Schnell added, “Governor Dayton struck a chord with working families in need of more hopeful tones coming from St. Paul. Putting Minnesotans back to work also means giving citizens access to the world class education and training that made our state great.”

      Governor Dayton spoke to the urgency of creating jobs this evening in his State of the State Address, saying “Even though 97,000 more Minnesotans are working today than at the depth of the Great Recession, there are still more than 168,000 Minnesotans, who want to work, but cannot find employment. They must be our #1 priority. So, I say to legislators, let’s take your best ideas and my best ideas and turn them into jobs. And let’s do it now.”

      Minnesota Responds: State Employees Join Governor Dayton’s Call for Government Reform

      Saint Paul – Following Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address, leadership from the two largest state employee unions praised his call for improving government services.

      “Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address reminds all of us what Minnesotans really want – good paying jobs, an excellent education system, and a government that efficiently provides important state services to its citizens,” said Minnesota Association of Professional Employees President Jim Monroe.

      AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Eliot Seide said, “Governor Dayton shares our commitment to good jobs and economic fairness – and we join him in asking the Legislature to focus on getting Minnesota back to work. Frontline public workers welcome the opportunity to partner with the Dayton

      Administration to improve service delivery for the people of Minnesota. Together, we can create a better Minnesota where everyone has the opportunity to prosper.”

      In his remarks, the Governor praised Department of Agriculture employee Harley Olinske for his work to save taxpayers money. Governor Dayton said, “Mr. Olinske epitomizes the dedicated state employees, who work hard every day, and get little credit.”

      Minnesota Responds: Minnesota Mayors Praise Governor Dayton’s Vision for Economic Prosperity

      Saint Paul – Following Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address, Minnesota mayors spoke in support of his vision for economic prosperity in Minnesota.

      The Governor spoke to the importance of thriving communities across the state in his speech this evening. Governor Dayton said, “My father and my uncles taught me the importance of continuously improving the downtowns of our major cities. They are the economic hearts of entire regions. If the heart weakens, the rest of the body suffers.”

      St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman responded to the Governor’s speech, saying, "In today's State of the State, Governor Dayton has made it clear: we need to get Minnesotans back to work. The governor's bonding bill, which includes the Lowertown Ballpark, will do exactly that. The overall bonding package will get 25,000 people back to work and will make crucial investments in communities across the state. I applaud him for his efforts and urge the Legislature to move forward without delay."

      Mayor Don Ness of Duluth said, “In his State of the State Address, Governor Dayton outlined an impressive vision. The Governor's jobs plan will help put tens of thousands of Minnesotans back to work, including right here in Duluth. Dayton's priorities of jobs, education and government reform are exactly what Minnesota needs to increase our economic recovery and growth. We in Duluth look forward to working with the Governor to support his positive vision for Minnesota.”

      “Tonight, Governor Dayton demonstrated once again that he understands the critical contribution of strong communities and strong downtowns to the economic health of our state,” added Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

      Statement From Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon on Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address

      Duluth – In response to Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address this evening, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon issued the following statement:

      “Tonight Governor Dayton showed again that his administration’s priorities are Minnesota’s priorities. The Governor is continuing to focus on what matters most to Minnesota families; creating good jobs, improving our education system, and building a better government.”