- Created: Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:16
- Written by Chip Halbach
|Governor Rudy Perpich||Governor Mark Dayton|
In January Star Tribune writer Lori Sturdevant wrote a column identifying several program start-ups of former governor Rudy Perpich that Mark Dayton should emulate. In his day Perpich, who was Dayton’s mentor, launched bold initiatives, although sometimes unusual (e.g., the chopstick factory), for education, economic development, and general state promotion.
In her column Sturdevant didn’t include affordable housing as a Perpich success, but she should have. During his final term as governor, Rudy Perpich initiated a process that brought attention and consensus around a comprehensive approach to a range of housing challenges then facing the state. Because similar challenges exist today governor Dayton should consider Perpich’s approach.