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Governor Dayton's State of the State comes with mixed reviews

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW)- As soon as Governor Mark Dayton finished up his State of the State speech, local representatives were quick to share their thoughts on the speech and the direction of the state.

Governor Dayton started the State of the State address by sharing where we are and how we got here, but now the focus is where we are going and how to get there.

Depending on who you ask, that path could be very different. Both DFL and Republican members of the legislature were taking notes and were not shy about where they stood regarding Governor Dayton's vision.

"It was the most pathetically partisan State of the State, and I've heard 21 of them," explains Republican Representative Greg Davids of Preston. "Instead of trying to bring people together, he's dividing people. He'd rather talk about social issues like gay marriage instead of giving someone a job. His number one initiative was adopt an after-school program. How about someone getting a job? How about making Minnesota's business climate so that businesses will want to stay here and want to expand here and provide jobs."

DFL Representative Tina Liebling adds that, "He talked in the beginning about our improving job numbers. He talked about our leadership in a number of areas, but he said that nobody should just rest on that and be complacent. We have a long way to go and I agree with that. We've got a lot of strengths in Minnesota, but we also have some challenges."

The reaction was mixed depending on who you talked to, but one thing is for sure. Both members of the Republican and DFL parties want to make sure Minnesota is on a path moving in the right direction.

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