"State government spending on public welfare was greater than 30 percent of general expenditures in 11 states, led by Minnesota (37.5 percent)," the government numbers bureau said in a news release Wednesday.
Worth noting: Although the Capitol debate Wednesday will focus on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty was in charge when the numbers rose.
(This post has been corrected to reflect that the 37.5 percent is a total percentage of spending. The state department of human services also says: "there are health care costs included in the definition of public welfare used by the Census Bureau that we don't account for in the same way in the state budget.")
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."