Minnesota is among the highest cost welfare states in the nation, but we score low in terms of a business-friendly tax and regulatory climate. That burden is costing us sustainable jobs and investments we need to turn around our economy. People on public assistance tell me time and again, "I would rather have a job than a government check." Our main street businesses have told us exactly what they require to create the jobs we need: "Get out of our wallets and off our backs, and watch what we can do!" I will continue working to ease the burdens on our job creators so we can grow the good paying jobs we need for a return to economic prosperity.