Earlier this month, MinnPost analyzed where GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson stood on the same issues discussed in this story. Read more here.
He became more accustomed to the politics of the capitol during his first term, though he admits there are things he probably won’t try again, including a massive overhaul of the state’s tax system that crashed and burned when he pitched it nearly two years ago. But there are also plenty of things he’s open to, including extending tuition freezes to college students and shaking up the governing board of MNsure, the state’s oft-criticized health insurance exchange.
Here’s how Dayton said he would tackle some of these issues if he defeats his Republican opponent, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, in November:
Dayton has been spending most of his time on the campaign trail touting his support for all-day kindergarten for students across the state, as well as the full repayment of money legislators borrowed from school districts to help patch budget deficits (he also borrowed from schools in the 2011 budget agreement with Republicans). Dayton cites those two issues as major accomplishments, but what’s next if he’s elected to a second term?
Plenty, he says: He’d like to expand early childhood education scholarships across the state and apply universal pre-kindergarten education to even younger learners. Dayton is also closely watching the results of a new program — running now in only some school districts — to get all kids reading by the third grade. If it’s successful, Dayton said he’d like to implement the program statewide. “We’ve set the blueprint, but now we really need to flesh it out,” Dayton said.