Laying out financial plans for the next two years, and with a Democratic controlled Legislature out in front of him, Gov. Mark Dayton will address both the public and public servants at the Minnesota State Capitol this morning.
You can watch streaming video, live, courtesy of the UpTake right here as Dayton will lay out a series of tax hikes, line-item increases and an expected payment shift for Minnesota schools in his address.
It's the first public appearance for Dayton since he had back surgery in Rochester, MN last month.
Media outlets such as Minnesota Public Radio are saying the budget could have a big impact on Dayton's political future. The first-term governor has not hinted whether or not he will run again for the state's top seat in 2014.
Dayton left the United State Senate after serving one term, which ended in 2006.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the budget speech will aim to increase some spending across the board while increasing spending in areas that were cut under a Republican majority over the last bieunnium.
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