The Capitol remains as silent as an empty tomb, with legislators and their staffers still scattered to the four winds. That's likely to change -- with a vengence -- next week, when they return for the stretch run of trhe legislative session.
Gov. Mark Dayton's sole scheduled public appearance Friday was a visit to the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley to commemorate Earth Day. He planned to speak briefly to students, tour the school and inspect a wind turbine installed there.
Other than that, it's a quiet day in Lake Woebegon.
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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."