Governor Dayton visits Rochester to talk job creation
ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- We are inching closer to the November election and it's one Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) is calling the most important election in his lifetime.
He was in Rochester on Monday afternoon talking job creation at the AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention.
But Republican leaders remain at odds with the governor on how more employment can be created in Minnesota.
In hockey terms, the Gov. Dayton says for the past two years he's had to play defense and veto Republican legislation.
He voiced again the need to raise taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans.
"It doesn't fit that lower taxes mean higher employment... it means the opposite," he said.
But Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, believes higher taxes keep businesses out of the state.
"We cannot continue down this road of taxation in Minnesota, and expect people to keep their corporations in Minnesota or jobs in Minnesota," Sen. Senjem said.
In a bizarre twist of fate, the governor was visiting the same place he denied economic development grant money just last week.
Gov. Dayton explains he followed a state agency's recommendations but had strongly supported the Mayo Civic Center expansion in both his bonding bills, before Republicans cut them.
"Rochester and Olmsted County send about $90 million more a year to the state of Minnesota than they get back in local government aid and property tax relief and school aid. So why wouldn't we do everything we possibly could to build up this area?" Gov. Dayton said.
Sen. Senjem says he tried helping the project in the Senate version of the bonding bill but couldn't get it through the House.
"The local projects aren't certainly as high as the University of Minnesota, or projects that relate to the more specific needs we have. But local projects are certainly part of that and as local projects go, this will certainly be a high one," Sen. Senjem explained.
Union members were for the expansion, believing it'd bring business and jobs to Rochester.
As the upcoming election approaches, both Republicans and the DFL are trying to prove they have the answers when it comes to creating jobs in Minnesota.
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