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Capitol Update — the State of the State

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Yesterday, Governor Dayton delivered his State of the State Address, where he laid out his positive values to Minnesotans — and a forward-thinking vision to create a better and stronger Minnesota. I applaud the governor’s leadership and ideas for our state. One of Governor Dayton’s major points was that for Minnesota “to progress, we have to invest." For the last eight years, and even before that, we have neglected to invest in the people of Minnesota. We must invest in jobs, in education, in the health of our people, in transforming state government, and in transportation. These investments will provide a much greater return than the money we initially invest. Investing in our colleges in universities will not only make it easier for us to produce highly-skilled workers, but it will also give us the opportunity to make Minnesota an innovation leader in industries for decades to come. Transforming state government will make it more responsive to people’s needs. And much-needed investing in our crumbling transportation infrastructure will help move goods, services and people more quickly and allow us to better compete in the global economy. I found it unbelievably ironic that the GOP response to the State of the State Address was to accuse the governor of looking backward on the same day they voted to pass the same failed Pawlenty-budget policies of the last eight years. The budget cuts would cause property taxes to rise by over $300 million, while forcing cities and counties to cut police and fire. These property tax increases would not only hurt families across the state, but businesses as well, making it more difficult for them to expand and create jobs. The bill also cuts higher education, making it more difficult to go to college; cuts child care and other important health services, and then forces the governor to cut funding for our veterans. We have serious problems in Minnesota and we can either look for long-term solutions that will create a stronger Minnesota for all, or we can continue to walk the same tired path of the failed policies of the last eight years. I support the governor’s forward-thinking vision for Minnesota, and will work with him and legislators to make it a reality. As always, I’d like your input on the budget, the governor’s State of the State and other issues at the Capitol, so please feel free to send me your suggestions, questions, comments or concerns. You can reach me by phone at (651) 296-3751, by email at, or by sending mail to my office: 229 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155 Michael Nelson State Representative District 46A