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Dayton to call for bipartisan jobs deal in address?

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.
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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.