Playing politics with state ranking
DFLers controlled the House, the Senate and the governor’s office last session in St. Paul. But what’s this? Republicans deserve all the credit for Minnesota’s lofty eighth-place ranking on the just-released “Forbes 2013 List of the Best States for Business” — a 12-spot jump from last year, the biggest of any state?
Actually, yes, at least according to one top state Republican, Rep. Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove, who’s angling for his party’s endorsement for governor. Zellers explained to MinnPost late last week that the GOP-controlled Legislature in 2012 set the stage for Minnesota’s strong economic position. The numbers used for the rankings, Zellers said, were from 2012 when he was House speaker and Republicans held House and Senate majorities.
“For the governor to take any credit is pretty ballsy,” Zellers said, according to the report. But Gov. Mark Dayton and other DFLers, in promoting the ranking late last week, made little if any apparent attempt to take partisan credit.
The Forbes ranking is great news for Minnesota, whether you’re a Democratic or Republican faithful or able to think for yourself. It’s an indication, we all can hope, of real economic recovery in the Gopher State, a sign of stability and a predictor of prosperity to come.
It wasn’t the doing of either party, as much as either may want to capitalize politically.
“Anybody who says it was because of decisions made by the [DFL-led] 2013 Legislature or the [Republican-led] 2012 Legislature doesn’t understand how the economy works,’’ Minnesota Chamber Executive Vice President Bill Blazar told MinnPost, pointing to the Iron Range taconite boom of the 1970s that he said was a result of research at the University of Minnesota in the 1950s. “I believe the Forbes report reflects on how a few decisions and actions we took five years ago, 20 years ago, have paid off.”
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