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Don't Let Conservative Gloom and Doom Rain on Minnesota's Parade.


Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of the same tired talking points from conservatives, saying that Minnesota’s economy is falling behind.

This is news to Gallup, Forbes, and CNBC, all of which recently ranked Minnesota as one of the top states in the nation for jobs and businesses.

Just last week, the 2016 Kids Count Data Book named Minnesota as the best state to raise a child (for the second year in a row), and ranked us third in economic well-being because of our dedication to lowering child poverty rates and providing secure employment.

Tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy – like the ones conservatives are advocating for – benefit corporations and the wealthy. Things like investing in strong schools, leveling the playing field for workers, and reducing student debt will help to benefit everyone, not just the wealthy.

In recent years, Minnesota has gotten top economic rankings for a reason. In 2013, we asked the wealthiest Minnesotans and corporations to pay their fair share, under Governor Dayton and DFL leadership we invested in our schools from early childhood through college, and we’ve prioritized things like a higher minimum wage to help workers get ahead.

Instead of listening to the gloom and doom from conservatives, look at the numbers. Minnesota is on a path toward a brighter future, for everyone, not just the wealthy.

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