Gov. Mark Dayton visited the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's St. Paul lab facility Thursday and praised the work of forensic scientists in solving crimes.
"Your ability to identify criminals ... is one of the phenomenal breakthroughs of science in my lifetime," Dayton told the gathered BCA employees. The governor issued a a proclamation declaring "Forensic Science Week."
Mona Dohman, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, praised the scientists' work: "It has the power to identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent," she said.
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During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."