12:03— Dayton talking about gov’t shutdown. Overheated rhetoric and then some.
12:05— Thanking Wendy Anderson, then talking about Minnesota having the most Fortune 500 companies per capita.
12:07— Now into the Blame Pawlenty section of the speech.
12:09— Now blaming Ventura’s tax cuts for tuition increases & larger class sizes.
12:10— Deteriorating roads? Every Minnesotan wants “a better Minnesota.”
12:11— We must invest in more jobs, better roads. Pure liberal boilerplate.
12:12— We must believe in one another. It begins with education.
12:16— A better Minnesota is recurring theme of speech. Dayton urges legislature to “follow my lead” in higher funding for K-12 and all day kindergarten. Then repeats line about his commitment to increasing funding “no exceptions, no excuses.”
12:21— Transportation is a business climate issue? Who knew?
NOTE: Thus far, this is all about spending significantly more money, especially on transportation. He complains about deteriorating roads and bridges without talking about Steve Murphy’s Transportation Bill, which levies huge taxes for transit.
12:29— Dayton says HCR “shouldn’t be undone as a “political football” in “2012 Presidential Super Bowl.” Gov. Dayton, that’s up to the courts.
12:33— We need to treat state workers better. (They’re being mistreated??? Who knew???)
12:34— References his EO on streamlining permitting, then pivots to talking about passing his bonding bill.
12:35— “I want businesses to feel welcome.”
12:38— Dayton’s father’s favorite Bible verse is “To whom much is given, much will be expected.”
12:40— Dayton closing by returning to the Blame Pawlenty chorus.
12:42— It’s mercifully over.

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11 Responses to “Dayton’s Disastrous SOS”

  • J. Ewing says:

    A speech by Dayton is called the “SOT’S” speech? Too funny. On a more serious note, how about this: We should demand an improvement in educational achievement every year: no exceptions, no excuses. Just spending more money makes it worse.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Personally, I prefer SOS because we’ll need a rescue team if we follow Dayton’s plan.

  • Chad A Quigley says:

    Too bad the Dayton family doesn’t believe in bible verse themselves as they shelter a lot of their money in tax free states. What hypocrites.

  • Gary Gross says:

    they shelter a lot of their money in tax free states.

    SHHHH….It’s our little secret…along with MOST MINNESOTANS!!!

  • walter hanson says:


    I was sick and didn’t listen to the SOS. When’s he talking about investing in transportation haven’t we already passed a gas tax increase, car registration tax increase, and promise to spend the motor vehicle excise tax on public transportation instead of general spending.

    It seems like we have invested billions in transportation in the last couple of years. Shouldn’t we answer why all the new money hasn’t worked before we spend more? Or God forbid spend the same amount of money better?

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    Most of the taxes in the Transportation Bill go to transit. That segment of the speech was just a sob to the construction unions. Don’t take it seriously.

    PS- Gov. Dayton isn’t being taken serious, especially on his bonding bill. It won’t be long before he achieves laughingstock status on that.

  • Rex Newman says:

    I hear the “Ventura era tax cuts” blamed by both City and School officials. For that to be true the DFL would have had to not spend that “extra” money. With big spenders like Tarryl Clark around, forget that. We’d be in the same hole.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Using one-time money to artificially prop up ongoing budgets is how structural deficits are created. That’s what the DFL has repeatedly done. We shouldn’t be surprised.

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