Dayton Set to Unveil His Wish List for Spending, Tax Relief
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is ready to lay out his wish list for the year.
The Democratic governor was expected to unveil his budget proposal for 2016 on Tuesday morning. He's already hinted at some top spending priorities like boosting broadband Internet infrastructure, expanding early education programs and offering tax credits to more Minnesota parents.
His plans will set up nine weeks of legislative wrangling until the Legislature adjourns in late May. And there's less money to argue over: A projected surplus is down from $1.2 billion to $900 million.
Republicans who control the House have said they'll press the governor to offer up more for tax cuts. The surplus could also be tapped for part of a transportation funding package.