Dayton also reaffirmed his desire to have a bonding bill this year and pledged he would include funding for the Mankato civic center expansion and renovation that’s been unsuccessfully sought for years.
Dayton said he expects little if any support from Republicans when it comes to his budget and tax proposals, noting they’ve rejected many of the concepts in the past.
And while he now is working with a friendly DFL majority in both the House and Senate, the governor said he knows there is a long way to go.
“I’m under no illusions about how challenging this will be to get through the legislative process.
“One thing I’ve earned is everyone is for change as long as it doesn’t happen to them.”
Dayton said he told legislative leaders of both parties that if they don’t like his ideas then they need to give him new ideas that close the deficit and increase spending “for education and job creation.”
But he said he believes a change in the tax system is widely favored.
“If we do nothing we’re going to leave people where they are, which is widely unsatisfied with the current system.”