Mark Dayton "snaps" at reporters asking him about last week's top-secret outstate trip

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Last week, Dayton went somewhere in an effort to bring jobs to Minnesota, but where is anybody's guess.
Last Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton traveled out of the state. But where exactly he went remains unknown.

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Dayton's office announced he was traveling "for a meeting regarding a possible economic development opportunity for Minnesota," but otherwise remained tight-lipped. An MPR report noted that Dayton may have been trying to navigate an uncomfortably thin line between his campaign promise to "go anywhere in the state, nation, or world if there's a job to be gained in Minnesota," and his subsequent vow to disclose his private schedule because "people have a right to know what I'm doing with my time."

Whatever the case, Dayton apparently wasn't in the mood to answer questions about his top-secret trip at a news conference today. Here are tweets offered up by political reporters Jennifer Brooks and Pat Kessler during the presser: Of course, some would argue that when you're working with zilch context to begin with, it's not hard to blow something out of it.

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Hardley Noel
Hardley Noel

Yea Matt, I guess I am. maDemocrats are running NV so it's a judgement call as to what a business might be anticipating from that. You say you live in NV. I have been to the Reno area. Personally I like the Ute's for various reasons. As far as Az goes they grow a lot of produce. I liken it to why we can't keep great professional athletes for long. 1. Market size 2. Climate .

Matt Becker
Matt Becker

Hardley: Are you suggesting that it's not simply low taxes that create a booming business community? That natural amenities also matter? Given the rhetoric on the right, I thought low taxes were all that mattered. N. NV is very similar to places like Salt Lake City (I'd like to see some examples of companies lured from NV to AZ and UT, by the way). Reno is stunningly beautiful, nestled in the Sierra Nevada with Lake Tahoe less than an hour away. It never gets too hot, nor too cold, and the humidity is very low. The tech companies in Silicon Valley could easily uproot and move here, especially given the high taxes of CA and the low taxes of NV. And speaking of Salt Lake City (and again, Reno's climate is very similar)--in 2006, the legislature created USTAR, which invested millions of state tax dollars into the U of UT, to create a technology hub. Salt Lake City is now experiencing robust business growth. http://www.ustar.utah.edu/ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765620136/Salt-Lake-metro-becoming-tech-hub.html?pg=all

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Question a politician, dare you jest. He is a puppet just like the rest. We need a political revolution....both sides of the coin. 

Hardley Noel
Hardley Noel

Nevada and Minnesota are a little different especially when it comes to the climate. Not what anyone would consider ideal living in the desert. at least California has beaches. UT and AZ take a lot of industry from NV. Afar as education goes the companies should be flooding in without any persuasion as much money as MN spends. We should have the smartest workers in the world. NV

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

How dare anyone question Trust Fund Deserter Dayton any questions. He is of course our King and is above Reproach just liked Dear Leader Chairman Mao-Bama.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

Cause Mark Dayton did a great job keeping ULINE in the state, right? Mark, keep the business and (in general) taxpayer climate good in Minnesota, and things will work themselves out.

Dan Warzecha
Dan Warzecha

I think you're wrong Marc... His track record is find ways to spend more money, not tax less....

Dean Pogatchnik
Dean Pogatchnik

How is wooing a potential major employer a waste of taxpayer money? It's his job. Of course, IF that's what he was doing anyway...

Stacy Olson
Stacy Olson

There's a difference between taxed & OVER-taxed. Go jump in a lake, Dayton. p.s. Don't empty your pockets first.

Bill Seurer
Bill Seurer

So, what fat do you wanted trimmed? Be specific.

Mike Hess
Mike Hess

Betcha it wasn't a warehousing/logistics firm.

Linda Mae Chover
Linda Mae Chover

better not be anything that will ruin our best asset water

Marc Sherer
Marc Sherer

Matt, I am not saying taxes don't help, I am just trying to say that there should be some fat trimming before the taxing. It seems that knee jerk reaction is to always raise taxes.

Matt Becker
Matt Becker

Right, Marc. Here's a little homework for you. I'm from MN but live in NV, where there's no income tax, no business tax, no inheritance tax, and also one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country and the lowest business diversity. We can't even get California companies to relocate here and they're right next door in one of the higher taxed states in the country. Why? Because NV has such low taxes, we also have some of the worst schools, poorest services, and generally poor investment in the communities. MN, conversely, has some of the best schools and community investments, which it can make because of its taxes. It also has one of them more diverse economies--20 fortune 500 companies headquartered out of the Twin Cities, for instance. So if you want a stark example that low taxes do not equal robust business, come to Nevada.

Marc Sherer
Marc Sherer

Which Companies are those? Where is he getting the money? Taxes. for example. Electronic pull tabs were supposed to pay for the Vikings Stadium, no one did any research on that and they did not generate the revenue as expected. What did Gov. Dayton do? He raised the taxes on cigs to pay for it. so all the money that was earmarked from the cig tax to go into the general fund, is now going to the stadium. keep the taxes going, keep the welfare checks printing so the people can increase their dependence on government.

Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

What about all the top companies that he's handing money to?

Bill Seurer
Bill Seurer

"Snaps"? What, did he upset some emotionally fragile reporter with that cutting remark?

Marc Sherer
Marc Sherer

How is it B.S.? It is fact that he is taxing our top companies to the point that they are looking to move out of state. do some homework on it.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

If the governor is trying to lure a major corporation to Minnesota, the governor is trying to lure a major corporation AWAY from some other state. The news that this corporation is considering departing its current state could severely impact that corporation's relationship with that state - particularly if the idea of moving to Minnesota falls through. The governor is probably working under some form of non-disclosure agreement intended to protect that corporation and give them the freedom to negotiate. Now, the governor probably should have SAID something like this, but on the other hand I don't think a bunch of reporters getting butthurt because he didn't qualifies as news.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Hello? Tired whiny Republican BS on line two, it's for you...

Marc Sherer
Marc Sherer

What amazes me is that there are a ton of potential jobs in this State if he would quit trying to tax everyone to death., could have saved a few bucks in the travel budget.

Dawn Peterson Breidenstein
Dawn Peterson Breidenstein

Yes we do want you to seek out more potential employment AND we also expect you to be respectful.

Lisha Ginn
Lisha Ginn

It amazes the FUCK outta me that, they re just now figuring this sad shit out.

Onan
Onan

@Kent Klinger  - You may want some remedial English lessons to help you create coherent sentences.

poiu
poiu

@Matt Becker So Nevada has low taxes but high unemployment. That doesn't equal poverty, and you haven't explained exactly how low taxes created low unemployment (if that is what you're implying.) 9.8 and 10.1 are the respective unemployment rates of Reno and Las Vegas, which accounts for around 85 percent of the population. Could it be that the rapid growth Las Vegas experienced in the last 20 years (and subsequent housing bust) accounts for some of the unemployment? Las Vegas grew by over 80 percent between 1990 and 2000. Poverty is significantly lower in Las Vegas than in Minneapolis. Another thing to consider is the type of work people do in Vegas and Reno, they experience high turn over which may lead to higher background levels of unemployment.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas,_Nevada
http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Minneapolis-Minnesota.html
http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Las-Vegas-Nevada.html
http://www.bls.gov/web/metro/laummtrk.htm
And oh yeah, school funding doesn't seem to be much of a problem in too many areas either.
http://www.lasvegassun.com/guides/about/ccsd/

kennyX
kennyX

@Bob Alberti Well, if that were the case, maybe butthurt Dayton could have simply responded: "I'm sorry, but there are confidentiality issues here at stake, and I cannot make any further comment for now. However, I will update you on any developments.", rather than being the studdering privileged ass-hat that he is.  Oh wait. I forgot. It's OK to be a 1%-er if you have a (D) at the end of your name. So let's just forget about this story. 
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kennyX
kennyX

@Bob Alberti Hello? Unearned Entitlement Liberals wanting more Free Shit on Line three, it's for you..............

cricky2223
cricky2223

@kennyX Holy crap. Just read through some of your past posts. You win the award as the ULTIMATE TROLL. I think you need a (different) hobby to take up some the abundant free time you must have.

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