Posted at 9:18 AM on February 15, 2012
by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics
State of the State speeches are more wish lists than anything else. But every governor tries.
Gov. Mark Dayton last year offered a "five point plan" to prosperity that called for investing in stuff everyone wants: more jobs, better education, improved transportation, better citizen health and government reform.
Instead, we got a partial state government shutdown. You tell us: What's the state of the state?
Tonight, expect Dayton to call for a bipartisan jobs package with a speech touching on themes of "shared stewardship and working together with an eye toward long-term objectives," the Associated Press reports.
Gov. Mark Dayton has rarely shown a gift for soaring rhetoric, but he'll have to summon a little magic Wednesday for a State of the State speech that could be his last chance in a short legislative session to convince skeptical Minnesota Republicans they should unite with him.The Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature have repeatedly cited job creation as a common goal for the session. Dayton said Tuesday that he would urge a "bipartisan jobs package that combines their best ideas and mine," and his advisers said the speech will revolve around a theme of shared stewardship and working together with an eye toward long-term objectives.More stories on Dayton, politics and State of the State: