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Dayton makes a stop in Albert Lea


ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Wednesday afternoon Governor Dayton made a stop in Albert Lea at the Economic Development Center.

More than 50-people showed up to voice their opinions, some praising Governor Dayton for his hard work, others questioning if anyone in the Legislature should even be allowed to take home a paycheck as some families find it harder and harder to put food on the table or send their children to daycare.

Day 1 of the shutdown quickly turned into 2,3,4 and now here we sit, 13 is just about in the books.

"It's not just the 22,000 that are unemployed by the state, but it's all the people that could be in other areas," said a concerned Albert Lea businessman.

"As a counselor I hear more now from the people that the shutdown is impacting them both emotionally and psychologically. There's just anger and dismay and everything people are frustrated about," said Riverland's Counselor.

Those are just a few of the pleas brought before the Governor. When asked how he could tour the state and not be in negotiations as struggling families sat idly by...

"I realize two weeks of hardship is terrible, but 2 years of not having any funding at all and no prospect for the future is even worse," stated Dayton.

Healthcare, social security and raising taxes are just a few of the ticket items separating Democrats from Republicans. Dayton who has been pro taxing the wealthiest shared a story he heard at his stop in Rochester.

"A man was lying on his floor for 12 hours and would have been there for another 24-had his personal care attendant not come by, then you realize what the trade off is between somebody who can afford to pay a few more dollars in taxes at the top of the income and people who are desperate through no choice of their own," explained Dayton.

No matter where you fall on the political party lines, one thing is clear from constituents.

"We want you to be a man of steel and we know you're a man of your word," said an Albert Lea resident.

It was also mentioned at the meeting that some area college students who graduated this summer in cosmetology, radiography and nursing can't even apply for jobs because they are unable to get licensed.

The shut down is even beginning to affect carpentry workers. Without a state electrical inspector remodeling and building projects are being halted. In a step-by-step process you could eliminate dry-wallers, carpet layers and even insulators within the next few weeks if the shutdown continues.

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