Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who is facing a likely recount in the Minnesota governor’s race against GOP nominee Tom Emmer, aligned finance officials of the last four governors on Wednesday to talk about the $6 billion budget deficit and long term fiscal problems in the state.
Among the former gubernatorial finance commissioners was John Gunyou, who served under Arne Carlson, Rudy Perpich finance head Jay Kiedrowski, Jesse Ventura finance commissioner Pam Wheelock, and Peggy Ingison, who served as finance commissioner for Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
In a release sent out by Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci, the meeting was described as an “opportunity for Dayton to hear viewpoints and experiences from across the political spectrum from state financial experts,” adding that “the next governor will have to close a multi-billion budget gap.”
“Gov. Perpich had a quote in his office that said ‘none of us is as smart as all of us,’ and it will take all of us coming together to solve the budget deficit we’re currently facing,” Dayton said in the statement. “As we wait for the results of the election to be confirmed I will continue to prepare for the task ahead, and welcome ideas from all corners of the state. The election is now over and it is incumbent upon all of us to put politics aside and do what is in the best interest of the people of Minnesota.”