Building a Better Minnesota
A year into Governor Mark Dayton
first term, Minnesotans are seeing the value of a Governor who iscommitted to putting people back to work, protecting middle-class taxpayers and changing the waygovernment does business. Governor Dayton has made significant progress towards these goals byengaging the ideas of legislators from both parties
, our state’s businesses
, and most importantly, thepeople of Minnesota.When he was inaugurated, Governor Dayton said that the way to get Minnesota working again was byworking together. His first year in office has proven that to be true. Our state is recovering from tough
times, but with Governor Dayton’s direction our sta
te agencies continue to do more with less. TheGovernor has been relentlessly committed to creating more jobs here in our state, and creating the kind of environment where private businesses can thrive.
“Let us dedicate ourselves to rebuilding a successfu
l state, one that again is the envy of the nation, aleader of the world. Let it be written that we were Minnesotans who led the way to something better thanbefore, who created something greater than ourselves, who achieved together what none of us could have
accomplished on our own.”
Governor Mark Dayton, January 3, 2011
Getting Minnesota Back to Work
Under the Governor’s leadership Minnesota continues to outpace the national economicrecovery. Minnesota’s unemployment ra
te is 5.9 percent, compared to 8.6 percent for therest of the country. There are 53,000 more Minnesotans at work now, compared to thebottom of the recession.
worked to pass a $500 million bonding bill, putting thousands of Minnesotans back to work improving bridges, roads and infrastructure.
Governor Dayton took action to help small businesses grow and add jobs in Minnesota,providing $100 million in new capital for expansion and streamlining
overlybureaucratic permitting and licensing process.
After traveling the state and convening a statewide summit to gather Minnesotans
best ideasfor job creation, Governor Dayton is developing a long-term job growth plan that involves