Gov. Mark Dayton has set a location for his State of the State address, choosing to deliver his speech March 9 at the University of Minnesota.

The Capitol, the usual location for past speeches, is undergoing renovation. Though it is expected to be used for Minnesota House floor sessions beginning in early March, public viewing space is limited. Dayton’s speech will be at the U’s McNamara Alumni Center.

Dayton is scheduled to give his annual address a day after the Legislature reconvenes.

State legislators will be tackling several issues during the session, including passage of a bonding bill, tax cuts and transportation funding. Dayton’s speech is expected to cover his legislative priorities, including his efforts to upgrade the state’s water infrastructure, part of his bonding proposal he unveiled earlier in January.

Ricardo Lopez