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.)

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33 comments
Evan Hanson
Evan Hanson

Not sure if he's being sarcastic or....

Mary Karius
Mary Karius

A false claim that the state would end this fiscal year with a surplus stems from a misreading by some — including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow — of a memo issued in January by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau showing a $121 million gross balance in the state’s general accounting fund. That figure, however, doesn’t factor in more than $170 million for Medicaid services, or $21 million for corrections programs, that haven’t been funded. It also doesn’t include more than $58 million Wisconsin owes the state of Minnesota for a tax reciprocity deal involving income tax collected from Wisconsin residents who worked in Minnesota. Lang told us in an e-mail that those amounts were not reflected in the January memo, because they would require further action from the Legislature and the governor. Dealing with those costs before the end of June would push the general fund into the negative, he said. The fiscal bureau says the bill being pushed by Walker would address funding for the Medicaid and corrections shortfalls, but wouldn’t address the outstanding payments to Minnesota, or an additional $3.5 million shortfall in appropriations for the state public defender’s office.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

There is a reason why  Regressives were kicked to the curb like common roadside trash in the last election. They proved, they removed all doubt they are unfit to govern. 

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Thank you Governor Dayton! A nice change from Timmy Pothole!

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

This has nothing to do with the DFL.  All these stats are long term.  An election doesn't change life expectancy, etc.  Besides - I'd like to see the numbers for all the states - cause they many be pretty close.

I like the 'free' all day kindergarten (free to whom? - not those of us who pay taxes).  Besides, you can Google many studies that show Head Start only improves scores for a year or two - there is no significant gain in performance.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

This has nothing to do with the DFL.  All these stats are long term.  An election doesn't change life expectancy, etc.  Besides - I'd like to see the numbers for all the states - cause they many be pretty close.

I like the 'free' all day kindergarten (free to whom? - not those of us who pay taxes).  Besides, you can Google many studies that show Head Start only improves scores for a year or two - there is no significant gain in performance.

Gary
Gary

Legalize marijuana. Until then, the list should be:

1. Colorado

2. Washington

3. - 50. Everyone else.

Mike Spear
Mike Spear

He's a paranoid, dimwitted prop, for a party that couldn't come up with a decent candidate.

Dan Lemke
Dan Lemke

Has nothing to do with Dayton or the DFL. Its us 'regular folks' that make it so good!!!!

Mike Witkowski
Mike Witkowski

How's the kool-aid, libtards?Why does he look constipated all the time? Must be his silver spoon.... He "cares" about the little guy. Bull! Another wealthy commie puppet!

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

We're in debt and Wisconsin has a surplus and sending money back to taxpayers. That's just crazy talk , derp derp.

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

Just look to our neighbors to the east for further proof. The DFL is far from perfect, but the GOP has turned into an extremist group. Sad, really.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

^ Dov , copying someone is the highest form of flattery.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

With this logic , shouldn't obama be taking credit for this great economy ??

Dov Moen
Dov Moen

GOP model for Minnesota: Look to Mississippi, Alabama and all the other backwards red states. Enough said.

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

DFL model for Minnesota: Look to Detroit. Enough said...

Todd Blowers
Todd Blowers

People are really finally starting to get it. Why suffer under the GOP. They just want to make the rich richer. All economic and quality of life measures are way up. Thanks DFL dont get crazy and u may hold this state for a while .

Eliza Lathrop
Eliza Lathrop

Under DFL leadership Minnesota has marched forward and all it has achieved are for the better; so kudos to Gov. Dayton and the DFL :)

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

The GOP did nothing when they were in charge except forced us to vote on our voting and marriage rights. GOP is a failure.

Dave Young
Dave Young

Look at how Wisconsin is doing under republican leadership. Case closed.

Nick Jude
Nick Jude

And they should, it was an overnight transformation.

Gordon Kuhnley
Gordon Kuhnley

as they should, the GOP and pawlenty ran this state into the ground.

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

Until the next round of tax hikes shows up

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

A puppet.  Listen to him speak...  there's a lot of 'ludes' goin' on.

Onan
Onan

So many "talking points" crammed into such a stupid post.

Props!

Onan
Onan

I have no problem paying my fair share for progress.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@Onan @Truth_Teller_1 :  The study you mentioned is so screwed up - and inconclusive here's an excerpt:

"First, not all children followed the random assignment—some assigned to Head Start did not attend, some assigned to the control group went to Head Start–actual effects are 50 percent larger than the critics acknowledge for this reason alone.  Second, control group children also attended other preschool programs pushing the underestimation even higher.  Third, even though gains from Head Start are observed to diminish over time, this cannot be attributed entirely to some unexplained “fade out.”  Other studies find that extensive compensatory efforts by the public schools for those farthest behind offset some of the initial gains from preschool–which is why these studies find cost-savings during the early school years."

It's meaning less!

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