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Continued: Minn. Gov. Dayton notes accomplishments, but 'work left to do'

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 1, 2014 - 6:36 AM

“Many children come to school terrified on test days; then go home demoralized after them,” he said. “What purpose does it serve to send a third-grader home believing she has failed life because she may have performed poorly on a test?”

Praise for streamlining work

Dayton praised legislators for their commitment to his government streamlining effort, which targets 1,000 laws or provisions that are antiquated, cumbersome or otherwise no longer necessary. Legislators have already passed 121 of these measures, and hundreds more could be on Dayton’s desk in coming weeks.

The government streamline initiative stands to play a significant role in Dayton’s re-election effort, as he tries to make the case that Minnesota has gotten better under his term and state government more efficient and effective.

“We must also work continuously to improve government services and provide Minnesotans with the quality and the efficiency they deserve,” Dayton said. “It is what citizens should rightfully expect from their government. It is what I expect.”

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kurt Zellers, a state House member from Maple Grove, said Dayton is wrongly taking credit for the successes of hardworking Minnesotans.

“Our families, employers, employees and small-business leaders are doing relatively well despite Governor Dayton’s mistakes, flip-flops and misguided policies, not because of his efforts,” Zellers said.

GOP gubernatorial rival Scott Honour said the state should be doing better.

“Under Gov. Dayton, our state is underachieving its potential due to his big government agenda and lack of leadership,” said Honour, an Orono businessman.


Staff writer Abby Simons contributed to this report.

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  • Governor’s to-do list

    $1.2B bonding bill, with $69M for water pipeline in southwestern Minn.

    More school days and keep schools open later each day; rethink tests.

    More than 1,000 initiatives to streamline state government.

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