Freed from the burden of pushing new sales taxes, Gov. Mark Dayton plans "‘Meetings with Mark’ in communities around the state" to hear from Minnesotans what they think of the state's budget, the governor's office said Sunday.
Now, with those plans behind him, Dayton is going on the road -- away from Capitol insiders -- to talk about his budget and listen.
"‘Meetings with Mark’ will give Minnesotans the opportunity to weigh-in on the state’s ongoing budget conversation – offering their ideas, questions, and concerns about the state’s education system, our economy, and our shared future. Governor Dayton welcomes all viewpoints and invites all Minnesotans to join him in conversation," the governor's office said.
His first meeting will be a town hall in Duluth, one of the state's most reliably Democratic areas. The event will be at the Duluth Public Safety Building at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
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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.