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State of the State: Refreshing Defense of Progressive Values


It was refreshing to see Governor Dayton defend Minnesota’s business climate, our progressive values, and our loyal, diligent public workers in his State of the State address. For the past decade, conservative leaders worked to undermine these assets to justify their “no-new-taxes” policy.

They bashed teachers while cutting an inflation-adjusted 13 percent in state school funding since 2003. They complained about public workers as they slashed real per capita revenue sharing with local governments in half. They protected Minnesota’s richest from paying their fair share while failing to properly invest in ...