Governor Dayton met with 600 Minnesota business leaders typically hostile to Democrats. As part of Minnesota Chamber at the Capitol Day, Dayton spoke with these business representatives. Typically, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce spends 80-90% of campaign contributions against Democrats. It is sure to target Dayton in his reelection bid in 2014.
Here is why Dayton should win anyways in 2014.
He tried his best at producing a "Sister Souljah" moment.
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However, Governor Dayton did receive a standing ovation from the body for recently canceling his ideas to tax business services and add clothing and other items to the sales taxed items.
But Wednesday was far from ordinary. It was the Chamber’s annual Day at the Capitol, where Dayton addressed more than 600 members who were thrilled that he abandoned a much-criticized business-to-business service tax last week.During the question and answer period business leaders whined to Dayton about his plan to still tax the income of the top 2%. (after running for election on this platform).
“I give the governor credit,” said Chamber President David Olson at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Wednesday. “He listened.”
Polaris Industries Inc. CEO Scott Wine even modified his prepared remarks to the Chamber after learning the governor reversed course. “That would have been incredibly damaging,” he said, referring to the business service tax.
They demanded spending cuts instead.
The response from Governor Dayton:
""Where would you cut? I would love to hear."The reply from one questioner
"It's your Job Governor Dayton to make the cuts, not mine."The business leaders conveniently ignore the underpinnings of their own success at their own peril, a good place to live with high educational standards, and a good place to raise a family.
Bravo to Governor Dayton to address a hostile crowd and do so with flair.
This is why Governor Dayton has a great chance to be reelected in 2014.