Despite the many good things that were accomplished this session, Gov. Dayton remains committed to delivering on these additional priorities next session. With roughly $1 billion left on the bottom line, state lawmakers have the resources to accomplish these important objectives for Minnesotans.
ALL DAY PRE-K – Gov. Dayton remains strongly committed to enacting all-day preK in Minnesota – ensuring over 47,000 four-year-olds have the opportunity to attend preschool, free of charge. This important measure will build on the successes of all-day Kindergarten, save parents money, help prepare all students for success in school, and dramatically narrow our state’s achievement gap.
TRANSPORTATION – Gov. Dayton will continue fighting to secure a long-term, stable source of funding to build and maintain the roads, bridges, and transit systems Minnesota needs to succeed and grow in a 21st
Century economy. Next session, he will continue his efforts to enact a 10-year, $11 billion investment in our aging, under-funded transportation systems.
RAILWAY SAFETY – This year, Governor Dayton proposed major improvements to railway safety in Minnesota. Republicans in the Legislature staunchly opposed new investments in railway safety, stalling needed progress to improve the safety of Minnesotans. The Governor will continue fighting next session for the safety improvements our communities need.
BROADBAND FOR GREATER MINNESOTA – In 2014, Gov. Dayton and the DFL Legislature invested $20 million in competitive rural broadband grants. This year, Gov. Dayton requested $30 million to continue this critical investment in Greater Minnesota. Instead, House Republicans only provided $10.6 million, and refused to invest a dollar more. The Governor will continue working to provide additional funding for this initiative, which is critical for the businesses and livelihoods of Greater Minnesota residents.
BIGGER JOBS BILL – Gov. Dayton proposed an $842 million Jobs Bill this session that would have funded critical infrastructure projects statewide, creating nearly 24,000 new jobs. Instead, the Legislature passed a much smaller bonding bill. The Governor will continue his push next session to fund a growing backlog of needed investments in our state’s infrastructure.
MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS – At the outset of the 2015 Session, Gov. Dayton proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts for middle class families. Next session, he will strongly advocate for his Child Care and Dependent Tax Credit and the Working Family Tax Credit – providing needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-income families in Minnesota.
PRESERVING ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNMENT – Republicans in the Legislature undermined the State Auditor’s ability to review county and municipal finances – putting at risk the integrity and accountability of government in Minnesota. Governor Dayton will continue fighting in the next legislative session to restore the duties and necessary oversight functions of the Office of the State Auditor.