Mark Dayton rejects every state and local plan for addressing the Minnesota state budget crisis

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Gov. Mark Dayton, standing on stage with his two main rivals for Minnesota governor, on Tuesday afternoon. His two main rivals for the Democratic nomination, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will also be on the same stage.

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Gov. Mark Dayton, standing on stage with his two main rivals for Minnesota governor, on Tuesday afternoon. His two main rivals for the Democratic nomination, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will also be on the same stage.

Gov. Mark Dayton, standing on stage with his two main rivals for Minnesota governor, on Tuesday afternoon. His two main rivals for the Democratic nomination, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will also be on the same stage.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that he was rejecting every state and local proposal for addressing the Minnesota state budget crisis.

Speaking to the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention in Minneapolis, the governor said he had rejected “every plan out there.”

Dayton said the state needs a sweeping, state-led recovery to help the most vulnerable Minnesotans, including people who cannot afford medical care.

“This is a crisis affecting all Minnesotans,” the governor said. “We are going to continue to press for our priorities and not surrender to other plans.”

The governor’s remarks came as he faced two top-tier Democrats for the 2020 Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is on a super PAC tour in the state, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be on the same stage in a debate on Tuesday night.

Minnesota Public Radio’s Robin Vos called Tuesday’s event “a great opportunity for the gubernatorial candidates to make a big point to the voters.”

Dayton said he was also rejecting “all the local plans that are out there” that seek to address the budget gap, including proposals to increase the sales tax and to sell off state assets to balance the budget.

Instead, Dayton said, the administration “will continue to make the hard decisions and invest more in our public system

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