Dayton’s Management

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from the Minnesota Watchdog, June 16th, 2017 With Governor Dayton in the twilight of his administration, the tired, vapid retrospectives have already begun. The Legacy media, when not busy savaging the character of President Trump, has busied itself propagating the narrative that Mark Dayton was some sort of financial genius regarding his stewardship of the state’s finances. This narrative may be more laughable than the Dayton-is-a-detail-oriented-executive narrative. Guess what?  Any grade schooler can balance revenues with kid-in-the-candy-store spending desires when it’s possible to forcefully expropriate money from the private economy. So Mark Dayton, with the willingness of big spending DFLers in the legislature, jacked up taxes high enough to cover big spending. That’s not a difficult task. Moreover, there are just a couple of extra holes in that …

Carla Nelson Update

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May 5, 2017 In addition to the beautiful spring weather, the arrival of May ushers in the end-of-session! The Minnesota Constitution requires the legislature to complete its work by May 22, leaving just over two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session. Conference committees have been working to finalize compromises over the past week. As chairwoman of the Senate E-12 Finance Committee, I have been working with the House on an education finance bill that prioritizes programs that work while ensuring all Minnesota students have access to an education that will prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. Over the next two weeks, expect things to continue to move quickly as we begin to debate and vote on the budget proposals on the Senate floor and send them to …