Remember Governor Dayton’s first big initiative?
That probably makes Governor Dayton plenty happy.
Oh, it’s likely you remember the broad outlines; Governor Daytons’ first – and, until this week, only – real platform was to “reduce” the “deficit” by taxing the “rich”.
Of course, the “deficit” was precisely the same as the one you get when your kids say “I got my last pair of jeans at Abercrombie and Fitch for $60, and they just raised their prices, so please give me $80 [*] right now”.
Your family doesn’t budget like that. The State of Minnesota does, though – and will until we institute zero-based budgeting (which fell off the table this past session, and cannot be allowed to in the next one).
The battle between the two solutions to the phony problem eventually led to a mexican standoff that eventually brought about a government shutdown – until Governor Dayton went outstate to St. Cloud and Albert Lea, and saw exactly how little traction his plan actually had, causing him to come back to Saint Paul to negotiate a
graceful less graceless exit.
He seems to have gotten a new consultant. His latest campaign meme, stolen from his BFF Rudy Perpich? He wants to be “the jobs governor“:
[Dayton] — who vowed as a candidate to “go anywhere in the state, nation or even world to bring a job to Minnesota” — said in an interview this week that he wants to make job creation his main goal for the rest of his term, which runs through 2014.
“This will be my No. 1 priority for the rest of my term — trying to help businesses create additional jobs in Minnesota and trying to get new jobs in Minnesota,” Dayton said. “I will go anywhere, call anybody, do what I can.”
And what can he do?
Business leaders said Dayton probably won’t make an immediate dent in the unemployment rate, but can initiate policy changes to improve the job climate over the longer term. High on their list: Lower business taxes, a stronger K-12 public school system and fewer energy regulations.
“We’re not going to wave a magic wand and suddenly have 3 percent unemployment in Minnesota,” said Bill Blazar, senior vice president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
Why, that sounds great, doesn’t it? Cutting business taxes, including taxes on the entrepreneur class that, in the last session, he worked so hard to impose taxes on?
Perhaps Dayton will take the chains off of Minnesota’s entrepreneurial class? Maybe by spawning the type of prosperity that Minnesota could actually use?
Labor leader Harry Melander said he hoped Dayton’s jobs tour would lead to new construction jobs, including another round of public works projects next year.
In other words, the state will throw more money into “infrastructure” jobs – paid for by taxpayers or via bonding. Which are, by the nature of the work, almost all temporary – but all of them will run through the various construction trade unions that are part owner of the DFL. So they can get more dues. To pay into the DFL’s war chest.
It coudln’t be any more obvious if he started smoking cheap cigars and sending goons out to bust sanitation workers’ knees.
[*] Purely a hypothetical demonstration topic. No Abercrombie and Fitch jeans were purchased to make this point.