Gov. Mark Dayton’s Minnesota, by the numbers
ST. PAUL - Monday will be Mark Dayton’s last day as Minnesota governor. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at his two terms:
52 percent — Increase in annual state spending since Dayton took office in 2011. In his first year, the state spent $15.3 billion (that rises to $17.1 billion when adjusted for money paid back to schools and federal stimulus aid). In fiscal year 2019, state spending will reach $23.2 billion.
318,400 — Number of jobs Minnesota employers added. The state’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent when he took office. It now stands at 2.8 percent.
-$6.2 billion vs +$1.5 billion — Minnesota faced a $6.2 billion budget shortfall when Dayton took office. The latest budget forecast projects a $1.5 billion surplus. Ten of the last 11 forecasts have projected surpluses.
9.85 percent —The 2019 income tax rate on married joint filers making more than $273,150 and single filers making more than $163,890. Dayton pushed for the higher top income tax bracket, one of the nation’s highest, to fill budget gaps.
$2 billion — increase in school spending. That’s on top of $1.8 billion repaid to school districts owed state money. Dayton also pushed for free all-day Kindergarten; 165,000 Minnesota children have benefited from this to date.
$100 million and counting — spent so far on a computer system for vehicle license plates and tabs. Glitches with MNLARS — $93 million to launch — led to long lines and backlogs. Lawmakers put another $10 million toward fixes, but it may take millions of dollars more.
4 — different chief executives have headed the state’s health insurance exchange MNsure. The platform was plagued by glitches and lengthy call wait times when it rolled out in 2013.
105 percent — increase in the racial diversity of judges through judicial appointments. Before he took office, there were 19 non-white appointees; now there are 39. He also increased the number of female judges by about 49 percent — from 103 to 153 appointees.
94 — full bills vetoed by Dayton since 2011. Much has been made of Dayton’s vetoes, which even landed the state in court. But his predecessor, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, vetoed 96 full bills. Both governors called five special sessions.
$1.65 billion — put toward 485 projects to rebuild waste and drinking water infrastructure. Dayton also pushed through a buffer law that raised the ire of farmers.