Minnesota governor promotes tax plan, marriage equality

The Duluth News Tribune
February 7, 2013

Minnesota is doing better than most neighboring states, Gov. Mark Dayton told legislators and Minnesotans Wednesday night in his third State of the State address. And it is doing better than two years ago, he added. “Minnesota’s job growth in 2012 was the 12th best among all 50 states; and we outperformed three of our four neighbors,” Dayton said during a 48-minute speech that was politely received by lawmakers. “Iowa ranked 30th best; South Dakota was 44th.” He continued a rivalry with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, saying Wisconsin “helped bring up the rear at 42nd. And, help spread the word across the St. Croix, their unemployment rate last month was 20 percent higher than ours, while our per capita income was 12 percent higher than theirs.”