Minn. Gov. Dayton announces shutdown tour
After weeks of relative silence about negotiations to end the state shutdown, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton went on the offensive Monday, announcing a statewide, weeklong tour across the state.
Dayton also released a video articulating his arguments to the people of Minnesota and submitted an op-ed to newspapers across the state.
“This state government shutdown is painful for many Minnesotans. I am often asked, ‘Why? Why are you and Republican legislators putting us through these hardships,’” Dayton wrote in the op-ed. “I believe that the future of Minnesota is at stake. Our way of life, what makes Minnesota special and successful, hangs in the balance.”
In the editorial, Dayton decries Republican-proposed cuts to education, seniors and health care. He argues that his proposed tax on the very wealthy is much better than the property taxes that he says would come from the stiff cuts. He said Republicans have not compromised.
Republicans said they plan to submit a counter-offer to Dayton, but couldn’t say when it would be ready.
Dayton will appear in St. Cloud tomorrow. He also plans to visit Moorehead, Rochester, Winona, Albert Lea and other cities.