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.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
It takes a certain sort of magic for a presidential debate to shift a race, it seems, some weird alchemy combining ingredients like viewership and mistakes and perceptions and medium. It's almost never about policy.
The new budget the governor rolled out on Thursday would increase income tax on the wealthy to raise about $1 billion for the state coffers. It drops his $2 billion proposal to extend sales taxes to business and consumer services.
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.