Letter: Dayton budget a good starting point

To the editor:

Governor Dayton recently released his budget proposal for the 2014-2015 biennium. The Governor’s proposal rejects shifts, tricks, and gimmicks—it would end an era of structural deficits.

Though I am still reviewing the proposal, Governor Dayton’s budget includes smart, new investments in early, K-12, and higher education. Investing in a world-class education system ensures Minnesotans will develop the skills for the economy of the future.

This budget proposal also includes property tax reduction for middle-class Minnesotans. More money in the pockets of middle class homeowners will help drive job creation and economic growth across the state.

The budget proposal also includes new investments to help Minnesota businesses export their products to other countries, move goods more efficiently, as well as other proven economic development programs. These initiatives will help create thousands of new jobs all across Minnesota.

While the budget Governor Dayton proposed will not be the one that is signed into law, it is an honest point of departure for a discussion about what Minnesotans expect from their state government and what investments Minnesota needs to thrive in the future.

Throughout the session, please feel free to contact me with your ideas, questions, or concerns. With your help, I am confident that the Governor, my fellow legislators, and I will be able to create a final budget that works for all Minnesotans.

You can contact me by telephone: 651-296-3751, by email [email protected], or send me mail to 565 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, Minnesota 55155.

Michael Nelson
Brooklyn Park

Michael Nelson is the state representative for District 40A.