Governor Mark Dayton Visits Duluth To Discuss 2012 Legislative Session

By KBJR News 1

May 15, 2012 Updated May 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, along with fellow DFL leaders, Senator Tom Bakk and Representative Paul Thissen, made a stop in Duluth today to talk about the recently adjourned 2012 Legislative Session.

Despite minor setbacks, and dealing with a budget deficit, Governor Dayton says they made some major progress.

It was a slow start, but Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says the 2012 legislative session got a touchdown in the waning minutes with the signing of the Vikings Stadium Bill and the $496 million dollar state bonding bill.

"I consider those two jobs bills, the stadium and the bonding bill...the thousands of jobs that wouldn't have occurred without DFL leadership to be tremendous successes."

The Governor was joined by Senator Tom Bakk and Representative Paul Thissen for his tour around Minnesota...making stops in Moorhead and Rochester as well Duluth to brief the public on this session's accomplishments.

"They're jobs. There are thousands of people that are going to be working on that stadium, there are thousands of people that are going to be working here in Duluth on the downtown transit...and all over the state of Minnesota on those bonding projects. These are not bills, these are not words...these are jobs."

DFL Representative for Duluth, Kerry Gauthier, said he believes this session was all about making smart decisions.

"What was really important I think this session was just saying no to bad legislation, bad taxation that went against working people in Minnesota and the poor."

The question now is will the new jobs spur the state's economy?

"The message, I think, as we come out of this session and look forward is that Minnesotans and Minnesota can do better...and we can do better by focusing on what really matters to Minnesotans and that's making sure middle class Minnesotans can get ahead."

Governor Dayton says next session they'll consider Duluth's request for money to fix up Wade Stadium.

"That will be one of the projects, the funds that are going to deed for economic development...so it will be one of the strong competitors for it once we set up the process, which we will be doing very quickly."

Governor Dayton says his focus now is to continue creating more jobs in Minnesota.

Danyel Piecek