Dayton, DFL chasing jobs from Minnesota

Kelly Fenton, the Deputy Chairperson of the Minnesota GOP, issued this statement after Cargill announced it was expanding operations in Colorado, not Minnesota: While Governor Dayton and Democrats in the legislature were busy raising $2.1 billion in new taxes this spring, two more Minnesota companies were making plans to move operations out of our state. It’s embarrassing that Governor Dayton was unable to keep these jobs here. Instead, Colorado will benefit from new job opportunities that should be reserved for Minnesota families.

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Public Safety, Sidewalks and Busybody Government

Monday night, 4 St. Cloud City Council members voted to require that sidewalks be built in neighborhoods that don’t already have them. The asterisk is that this won’t happen until that block’s streets are torn up to install upgrades to the city’s sewer and water systems. The other notable asterisk is that this won’t add a penny in assessments to the property owners. That said, it’s terrible public policy.

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When Will Minnesota’s Economy Slow Down?

This article features a stunning quote from my representative, Zach Dorholt: Rep. Zachary Dorholt, DFL-St. Cloud, says it’s good that the extra funds will go toward repaying schools. He says the windfall is due to Minnesota businesses performing better than expected and has little to do with policy decisions. “Anybody who tries to take full credit for improvements in the economy, that’s simply politicizing,” Dorholt said. “I’m kind of a firm believer that it’s Minnesota’s diversified economy that has allowed us to weather the storm better than the nation. That doesn’t come from one side or another. That comes from people in Minnesota being leaders in science, technology and education.”

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The Education Legislature?

Friday night on Almanac, former Rep. Karla Bigham said that this DFL legislature would be known as the education legislature. If she meant that the DFL legislature marched to the orders of Education Minnesota, she’s certainly right. If she meant that this DFL legislature improved educational outcomes, Rep. Bigham couldn’t be further from the truth. Throwing more money into a broken system isn’t an accomplishment. And, yes, it’s a broken system. In 2011, the GOP legislature included a provision requiring teachers to pass a basic skills test to teach high school math and science in their education omnibus bill. A year later, teachers were given waivers because they couldn’t pass the test. That meant teachers kept teaching even though they couldn’t meet the most important requirement for a teacher to meet.

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Three Down, Three to Go

Yesterday, Prof. Larry Sabato was on Cavuto’s show to talk about the midterm elections. He said at the time that Democrats had all but written off the seats currently held by South Dakota’s Tim Johnson and West Virginia’s Jay Rockefeller. Republicans need to pick up a net of 6 seats in 2014 to regain the majority in the Senate. According to this post, that possibility just got a little more likely: Popular former Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he will not run for Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014.The Democrat tells The Associated Press on Saturday he doesn’t want to leave Montana and go to Washington, D.C.

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