Mark Dayton doesn't take credit for Minnesota's $1.2 billion surplus... sort of

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This morning, the Minnesota Management and Budget office announced the state is projected to have a budget surplus of $1.23 billion in the current biennium and $2.6 billion in the next.

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Hours later, Gov. Mark Dayton released a statement sharing his thoughts about the good news. And believe it or not, despite the dramatic turn in the state's economic fortunes since he first took office in early 2011 -- for instance, in February of that year, the budget forecast projected a $5 billion deficit for the fiscal year 2012-13 biennium -- Dayton doesn't take all the credit on behalf of himself and the DFL-controlled legislature.

"Contrary to some people's mythology, the budget surpluses forecast for this biennium and the next DID NOT result from last year's tax bill," Dayton says. "Those surpluses DID result from thousands more Minnesotans working and earning higher incomes."

Dayton goes on to try to take politics out of the analysis of the positive forecast.

"There will be time next fall to argue over who deserves what credit for these exceptional improvements. I believe the credit belongs principally to the people of Minnesota," he says, citing businesspeople, employees, teachers, health care providers, law enforcement personnel, and government employees.

But ultimately Dayton can't help but take a few backhanded shots at his Republican opponents:
Our actions here in St. Paul have also aided our state's economic recovery and improved many people's lives during the past three years. We raised state income taxes on only our very wealthiest citizens, the top two percent. We used part of that revenue to stop the large annual increases in property taxes for all Minnesotans. We invested most of the rest in better education. Early childhood education, all-day kindergarten, per-pupil aid increases, and tuition freezes at MnSCU and U of M campuses will all contribute to a better Minnesota for decades to come.

We also invested in more jobs and better jobs. Three state bonding bills, while less than I had recommended, took advantage of low interest rates to fund hundreds of construction projects, which are improving higher education campuses, state parks, highways, and flood control projects, while providing thousands of jobs for unemployed workers. Additionally, we made smart economic development investments that have encouraged major business expansions by 3M, Mayo Clinic, AGCO, Shutterfly, Magnetation, Price Mechanical, Viracon, Olympus and many others, which are creating many thousands of new jobs. They are some of the reasons why the Gallup Job Creation Index ranked Minnesota fifth best among the fifty states for job creation in 2013.
Dayton concludes, however, by throwing a bone to the MNGOP. With regard to the question of how the $1.2 billion surplus can be best allocated, he writes, "The individual and business tax cuts in the House tax bill are a very good start."

But as the following tweets suggest, it doesn't appear the MNGOP will be satisfied unless the entire surplus is returned to taxpayers: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

Obviously, when you raise taxes, you may have a surplus!

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

You're pathetic, Daniel Wolter. You must be one of the millionaires whose taxes went up. Don't like it? Move to Texas. Hmm... surplus or multibillion dollar deficit? You people don't give a crap... you just want a reason to be outraged by the other side of the aisle.

Carnell Zabolocky
Carnell Zabolocky

One would hope that the scion of a major departmet store would know how to make and hold on to money. Target doesn't lose money does it?

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

Bryce didn't decide to tax you, you absolute moron. The society in which you live decided to tax you...it's been part of living in a civilization for thousands of years now. Every civilization that has attempted to not have taxes has failed. P.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Minnesota needs to have the best schools in the nation.  Spend it on education. 

helmmatthews
helmmatthews

Man, remember when there would only be a couple of conservative commentators on this blog and half were shills (CP staff). When did the college republicans start reading CP?

Dawn Marie M
Dawn Marie M

If we have such a surplus then it should be reinvested to help our community.For example: roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals for starters. Then use some if it for the programs that have had to deal with cuts/shortages like the heating assistance programs.

Stephen Cottingham
Stephen Cottingham

Everyone quit whining about the $200 more you paid. I for one don't want it back. Put it all to the schools in Minnesota.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

And he shouldn't! He hasn't done anything to deserve the credit...

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

pfft...shame on city pages for disabling comments on your latest Alyssa Jo Lommel article. You disabled them because you know you exploited that poor girl. Shame on you Aaron Rupar. What would your momma say about your "journalism" in that case.

Kelly Andersen
Kelly Andersen

Worked for what ????, over charging us for all the overspending that went on, maybe you need to go home and study the tax codes.

Jay Sea Jay
Jay Sea Jay

Soooooo, make that surplus even greater by not vetoing the medical marijuana bill.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Bryce , what makes you think you have any right to my labor ? Clearly , you wear your brown shirt proudly.

Mike Horn
Mike Horn

Don't I get the credit since I'm a citizen that overpaid? Old googly eyes at it again

Bryce Otter Larson
Bryce Otter Larson

Go home, Daniel Wolter. You're drunk again and posing awkwardly with Paul Ryan. You're just bitter that the tax hike actually worked.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1  Great point here.  The DFL's wise economic policy is so much better than the Republicans.   Tim Pawlenty was a disaster as a governor.  Thank goodness an adult is finally in charge of the state.  

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann The Money does not get to "Education" Moron.   Too much of it gets consumed by DemoKKKrats in alliance with Unions and bureaucracy.   Mpls spends far more than neighboring cities and can only graduate 50% of it's freaking class.   We have been giving money to Education into perpetuity with declining results.   You DemoKKKrats always want others money.  Get a freaking job.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@helmmatthews Get used to it Helmy.   The new Media is changing the landscape now that the DemoKKKrats can't filter everything through a Liberal lens.  Since the growing number of democrat dependents cant read well they are stuck with abc, cbs, cnn, nbc,  you know the old faithful democrat media.  Now more people, even the younger can read online without the spin and get a variety of different viewpoints.    Heeheheheheheh

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

When the schools do poorly - they want more money.   When they do better - they want more money.

Government Schools = Black Hole

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

The "surplus" is an illusion. We use a fractional reserve central banking system, therefore we will be debt slaves until the system is changed.

helmmatthews
helmmatthews

@kurt124 @helmmatthewsThe shills are back. You gave it away with the "DemoKKKrats." No rational person writes anything like that. Kevin? Aaron? Which one are you?

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1  Got a plan?  Or just the usual bitching.  Would you have us go back to the pre board of education system? Come on, lets hear your plan.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran  a surplus in a states budget is not an illusion. thats some dumb shit right there. 

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@kurt124 @Drewey @Truth_Teller_1  Democrats oppose school privatization for a couple reasons.  First, they bennefit more from an educated electorate (while there are plenty of college educated people with your point of view,  the majority are un or under educated).  Second, We understand that the model for this lowest bidder privatized school corporation plan you are talking about still requires the current department of education infrastructure to oversee it (or some watered down version thereof).  Finally, we are able to ask ourselves,  do we want some $15 an hour lackey teaching our kids whatever made up bullshit you are calling "truth" in your corporate school.  So, instead of the childish sweeping of all the pieces off the game board when things get hard and you aren't getting what you want, perhaps helping to fix the best albeit imperfect system for educating our population.  By the way, I agree that unions are hurting our education system, but there needs to be some sort of mechanism in place to ensure that the job of teacher is a viable, honorable and decent paying profession I.e western Europe

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@Drewey @Truth_Teller_1Privatize.   They do it better for half the cost.   Take unions out and their alliance with DemoKKKrats.    Either of those are better than the plan you keep voting for and having others pay for.    Look at this failure, and you want more Drewey?   Do you ever stop to think, for once, why it is the DemoKKKrats oppose School Choice with every fiber in their lazy bodies?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Drewey Actual living, breathing human beings first recognize there is a problem, then call out the problem, then get angry they are forced to participate in said problem. The plan is the hard part. At the very least, you should give him props for respecting himself enough not to ask for his own destruction, as you are a willing participant in your own destruction.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

It's "an" "E"nglish dictionary. I've thoroughly demonstrated all that you've mentioned, it's not my fault you are too stupid to understand. Again, thanks for sacrificing yourself for endless amounts of entertainment :) Love you DP

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran thank you for being so vapid and foreign. now time for you to get a english dictionary.


so you dont know what literacy is, you dont know what racism is, you dont know what a surplus means, you dont even know what deflection means, you dont know what a pun is...

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You guys provide endless entertainment. Thank you for your sacrifice

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran  so you dont know what literacy is, you dont know what racism is, you dont know what a surplus means, you dont even know what deflection means, you dont know what a pun is...


thats just from this thread!  WOW you dont know a lot



hahahahhgagaggahahahahaahaha


you so stupid it is embarrassing that you post here too

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Awesome racist deflection. Also, another example of others creating reality for you: "only a foreign fool would use the words 'not being literate' ." That's why you and MB should get married. You'd always have another person around with a severe mental illness.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran  oh i cant read or write? I CANT READ OR WRITE


I CANT READ OR WRITE - I AM ILLITERATE


only a foreign fool would use the words "not being literate"


such poor learning by you. failure to assimilate much

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Perhaps your learning disability stems from not being literate.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran  what? you want me to read up on the federal reserve system?  wtf


farm subsidies. ears of corn. asking for limitations?


i dont think you understand how anything works.


you want corn for 2 cents an ear?  why?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

I told you what to research. You're deflecting. Research farm subsidies while you're at it as well. Ears of corn would be about two cents an ear if it weren't for clowns like you that ask for their own limitations.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@mb@dp You two would make a cute couple. Thankfully you guys can get married here now

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @mingtran  


Ming is culturally and educationally inept. he confuses simple concepts and brings them into his own contextual space. Aside from being an annoying and useful shill of the teaparty or wahtever extreme right wing camp he belongs, all he does is interrupt a useful exchange and spoils it

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  4 responses and you can't even answer a simple question because you are a simpleton moron.   Fuck you are an annoying stupid child. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Unfortunately for you, living in their fantasy is your reality. You claim to buck the system and create your own reality on a regular, yet in practice, you don't create, you follow. You are a sad clown and shouldn't really have an opinion on anything. Your puns are alright sometimes though, maybe that's your calling.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran  very dumb... anyone can type a bunch of existential shit 


decision makers consider it a surplus and treat it and label it as such. 


you calling it otherwise, is you bucking against reality and living in a fantasy

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

It is all of those things and none of those things because it isn't real, young learner. Research the topic I mentioned above. Even then I doubt you will grasp it as you are extremely inelastic and learning has virtually ceased

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran so whats its called ming? its either a shortage or a surplus or a wash. 


its gotta be something


should we call it a money shortage? but we have money so its not a shortage


see what happens when you make definitive statements on abstract ideas


they make no sense

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

State government uses the same currency as federal government. Remember how you look dumb everytime you respond to me? So do I.

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