MPR’s Laura McCallum examines Governor Jesse Ventura’s legacy, taking a look at taxes, state budget, education, light rail, deficit, and judiciary.
As Governor Ventura prepares to leave office, he ends a term that saw one of the most dramatic four-year shifts in Minnesota's financial picture. Ventura inherited a four-billion dollar surplus, and leaves office with the state facing a four-and-a-half billion dollar deficit. Will he be remembered as the man at the helm when the state's economy took a nosedive? Or as a competent reform-er CEO who left a lasting stamp on state government?
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