DFL takes credit for Minnesota being named second-best state

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Meanwhile, Tim Pawlenty wonders, where's the love?
Friday, we told you about the Land of 10,000 Lakes' impressive showing in Politico's ranking of the best and worst states to live in.

The DFL wants you to know that you have Democrats to thank for our second-place standing.

In a release bluntly entitled "Thanks to DFL, Minnesota named 2nd strongest state in U.S.," DFL Chairman Ken Martin says, "After a decade of Republican control marked by disinvestment and state budgets 'balanced' with smoke and mirrors, it's great to see Minnesota back on the path to prosperity under Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL leaders.... Once again Minnesota is noted as a national leader and a great place to do business and raise a family."

"After Republicans shut down state government in 2011, DFLers promised Minnesotans that if they were in charge they would get results," Martin continued. "After the election of 2012 which returned the legislature to DFL majorities, we saw a commitment to building a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans, not just a select few. Under their leadership we saw these promises made and promises kept."

Martin goes on to list DFL accomplishments during the Dayton era.

"Thanks to the DFL, we've seen the first major investment in early childhood education, free all-day kindergarten for all students, college tuition freezes, property tax decreases, keeping our promise to local communities by funding local government aid, and a tax bill which creates a fairer tax system for Minnesotans," Martin said. "This progress has had a direct impact on the lives of Minnesota's middle class."

We touched base with MNGOP Chairman Keith Downey to ask him how he feels about Martin taking all the credit while throwing Republicans under the bus. He said he'd take a look at Martin's statement and get back to us. We'll update this post with his take. (Something tells us Downey will find a problem or two with Martin's reasoning.)

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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