By Gov. Mark Dayton For over seven years, Minnesotans have entrusted me with the responsibilities of governing our great state. First among them, I believe, is giving our schoolchildren and other students the best possible educations. Their futures and our state's future depend on it. Restoring adequate state funding for our schools, colleges, and universities has been key to providing those opportunities.
ST. PAUL—My father, Bruce Dayton, taught me that good stewardship is one of our most important responsibilities: to take what we have been given or have acquired, and leave it in better condition for those who will inherit it from us. As Minnesotans who have inherited this incredible state, we have no greater shared responsibility than our stewardship: to protect and improve the priceless natural resources, which we will pass on to our children and grandchildren. That wise stewardship is everyone's challenge and everyone's opportunity.
ST. PAUL — The states of Minnesota and North Dakota are independent of each other in some ways and interdependent in others. Either way, our geography links us permanently side by side; so, it’s important that we live next to each other cooperatively and work together constructively.
ST. PAUL — 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.