Duluth News Tribune
Whether you're a supporter of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, you can agree: The guy is a bit of a bulldog, not shy about boldly stating where he stands on everything from early-childhood education to spending the state surplus to carbon emissions. His staff is quick to pump out statements and releases packed with numbers that support his positions. His department directors even routinely travel the state to push for his priorities.
With so much trepidation and uncertainty surrounding the coming Trump presidency, this much at least, thankfully, seems now to be assured: The worthwhile commitment to cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes following decades of factory-spewing, sewage-oozing, industrial and wastewater pollution will continue at least another five years.
Not only was the massive, four-year, $310 million restoration of Minnesota's state Capitol building in St. Paul a gigantic dose of long-overdue love for a statewide treasure, it's "the biggest asset-preservation project in the history of the state of Minnesota," as Minnesota Department of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman said Tuesday in an interview with the News Tribune editorial board. As much as Minnesotans welcomed the makeover, we can welcome its completion with even more enthusiasm.
Don't believe everything you've heard about Stewart Mills – except that he's the clear choice for voters on Nov. 4 to send to Washington to represent northeastern Minnesota's sprawling 8th Congressional District. Don't believe he's a rich kid who never had to work a day in his life, as some have charged this election season. The truth is he scrubbed toilets and mopped floors for his family's Mills Fleet Farm stores. And today he's vice president in charge of administering a health plan for the chain's 6,000 employees and their families. A job of such importance requires plenty of hard work.
Would Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton really scrap nearly $1 billion of infrastructure and other projects of public benefit to Minnesotans across the state? It seems doubtful the governor would really go as far as vetoing the bonding bill, which is the main focus of legislative sessions held during even-numbered years like this one. But that’s precisely what Dayton threatened to do Monday over, of all things, a state law requiring sprinkler systems in new homes 4,500 square feet or larger. Lawmakers want to overturn the state requirement. Dayton wants it left on the books.