Mark Dayton on Budget & Economy
Democratic Governor; previously Senator
Lift us out of miserable deficit-to-deficit cycle
We have repaired much of the fiscal damage we inherited, but we're not done yet. We face another deficit, projected at $1.1 billion, for the next biennium; and we still owe our schools another $1.1 billion.
My budget for the next biennium would lift us out of this miserable deficit-to-deficit cycle. It would eliminate the $1.1 billion deficit, balance the biennial budget, and begin the following biennium with a projected surplus.
Where do we want Minnesota to be in a year, or in a decade? We will not agree on every aspect. However, if we can discover our shared goals, perhaps we will find greater accord on how best to achieve them.
We can also better assess whether the path we're now on will lead us to them.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Minnesota Legislature
, Feb 6, 2013
Don’t “give it all back”; economy will sour someday
Dayton may also be the most liberal of the major DFL Senate candidates. He is the only one who says he’ll push for immediate universal health care, and wants the federal government to pay for 90 percent of special education costs,
instead of the current 12 percent. Dayton says he may be running against the tide by arguing for more government spending in an era of “give it all back”, but he says now is the time to invest in education, health care and Social Security.
“If we don’t take advantage of this budget surplus at the federal and state level, which always comes to an end, as economic cycles always do, to improve the quality of public education, to help seniors pay for their prescription medicines;
if we don’t do it now, I fear for the future of this country, especially when we fall in more difficult times,” Dayton said.
Source: Laura McCallum, Minnesota Public Radio on-line
, Aug 1, 2000
Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending.
Vote to pass a bill that reduces federal spending by $40 billion over five years by decreasing the amount of funds spent on Medicaid, Medicare, agriculture, employee pensions, conservation, and student loans. The bill also provides a down-payment toward hurricane recovery and reconstruction costs.
Reference: Work, Marriage, and Family Promotion Reconciliation Act;
Bill S. 1932
; vote number 2005-363
on Dec 21, 2005
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