It is not clear, it seems even to the governor, what the DFL-controlled Legislature will end up doing with the governor's tax plan.
"You try to assess what's possible and what's not," Dayton said.
But, he said, raising taxes will allow spending on education and state services that the state desperately needs.
"I feel like (sometimes) I need to be Paul Revere, going through raising the warning alarm," Dayton said.
Asked directly by an audience member how his sales tax proposal would fare in the Legislature, Dayton said that "no one wants to pay more taxes" but his budget would create fairness. He said that fairness, however, is not always persuasive in politics.
"It's the best package I could come up with," Dayton asked, naming his proposal Plan A and status quo as Plan B. "What's Plan C?"
"I want to hear what the other possibilities are," he said later.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
When Dayton unveils his new budget proposal this week, the plan will lean heavily on a tax hike for the wealthiest 2 percent of Minnesotans and he is strongly considering a significant bump in the tobacco tax, sources say.