Gov. Mark Dayton fights for a better outcome for Minnesotans

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Gov. Mark Dayton fights for a better outcome for Minnesotans, $1 billion on bottom line for 2016 session

By Ken Martin, chairman, Minnesota DFL

At the end of the 2015 legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed three bills because he knew they could be better. After the conclusion of the special session, we can appreciate Gov. Dayton’s actions; his vetoes did improve the bills.

Because of Gov. Dayton’s leadership, Minnesota’s E-12 education system will see an additional $525 million in funding. Every classroom in the state will benefit from this funding. Gov. Dayton was also successful in securing additional funding for early learning initiatives, English language learners and American Indian students.

The Governor’s veto of the environment bill provided better environmental protections. In addition to securing landmark buffer legislation that will significantly improve water quality in rivers and streams by preventing pollution from entering our waters, Gov. Dayton fought against indefinite amnesty for polluters, weakening water quality standards and delaying essential environment reviews.

Under the jobs and energy bill, Gov. Dayton secured funding to help provide job opportunities for Minnesotans with disabilities as well as funding to help people with mental illness so they won’t experience homelessness. Gov. Dayton also ensured that broadband grants were competitive for rural communities.

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DFL Dispatch: Statement from DFL Chairman Ken Martin

House Republican Caucus Floor Packet cover with a bucket of water splashing over Governor Mark Dayton

“Today the House Republican Caucus used taxpayer funds to distribute packets to legislators attacking Gov. Mark Dayton.

“It is appalling that the Republicans think it is OK to disrespect a sitting Governor in the manner they did using taxpayer dollars. While Republicans seem gleeful that they have thrown cold water on Gov. Dayton and DFL attempts to move this state forward, the reality is Minnesotans expect more from their elected officials during this special session than juvenile behavior like this exhibited by House Republicans.

“Over the last three weeks, Gov. Dayton fought for a better Minnesota – and he has succeeded. By standing up to House Republicans, and fighting for a better outcome to this legislative session, the Governor has secured significant increases in education funding and better environmental and consumer protections. It is the House Republicans who threw cold water on this session attempting to thwart any real progress on issues of concern to Minnesotans like transportation, education, health care, and the environment.

“I call on Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt to issue an apology to Gov. Dayton and focus on the legislative work at hand.”

June 12, 2015 DFL Dispatch

“Get out the Vote” Tour and Rally – Oct 31st

Courtesy Todd Van Hoosear

Join our GOTV tour and rally in support of Governor Dayton, Senator Franken, our House majority, and all of our DFL leaders.

Follow the tour at #mndfl and

When: Friday, October 31st
Time: 2:30 pm
Where: Minnesota State University Moorhead
Location: Lot M-5 (west of Comstock Memorial Union off 6th Ave S
Address: 1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead, MN

MN Gubernatorial Debate set for Oct 8th at MSUM

A debate between Governor Mark Dayton and MN Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson is scheduled to be held at Hansen Theatre on the MSU Moorhead campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Please come to support Governor Dayton on his bid for re-election.

  • Date: October 8th
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Where: Hansen Theatre, MSU Moorhead campus
    1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead, MN
  • Duration: 90 minute debate
  • Audience can send questions to: or via Twitter hashtag: #mngov
  • Broadcast live on WDAY Channel 6.3 and WDAZ Channel 8.3
  • Live streamed on: and

Join us early for a rally before the debate:

  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Where: Comstock Memorial Union, MSUM (Room #101)

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    Fargo Forum: Dayton to visit Moorhead, Breckenridge to talk about F-M diversion

    From The Fargo Forum
    By Erik Burgess
    on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:18 p.m.

    MOORHEAD – Minnesota’s governor will be in town next week to talk with local leaders about the contentious $1.8 billion flood diversion project.

    Gov. Mark Dayton has urged the federal government to stop its work on the diversion until the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources completes an environmental review of the 36-mile channel that would divert major floodwaters around Fargo-Moorhead.

    As part of the diversion, the Diversion Authority has started construction of a ring dike around three communities upstream of Fargo – Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke.

    Dayton will hold a public forum at 9 a.m. Wednesday in City Council chambers at Moorhead City Hall. He also will hold a forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wilkin County Courthouse in Breckenridge.


    While in Moorhead, Dayton will also hold another roundtable to discuss railway safety and grain shipment delays. That will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom at Minnesota State University Moorhead.