On Monday night at 700 p.m., Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will speak before a joint meeting of the Minnesota House and Senate, delivering his State of the State address.
Watch it here on the livestream, via The Uptake:
Dayton's ideas for how to handle a $1.4 billion budget surplus will likely clash with the Republicans who control both chambers of the Legislature for his final two years in office. GOP lawmakers haven't started assembling their own proposals yet.
A final look at the state's forecast next month will solidify the budget picture and set the Legislature's major work for the year in motion.
Forum Communications political hand Don Davis reported in Dayton to deliver annual State of the State speech Monday:
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will deliver his annual State of the State speech Monday, and he is expected to emphasize the need to speed health insurance premium relief to Minnesotans. . . .
Dayton likely also will use the address to set the stage for his budget proposal, to be released Tuesday.
The budget, the last before Dayton leaves public office in two years, is the major debate of the 2017 legislative session. The House and Senate are controlled by Republicans, and with Dayton a Democrat, there are lots of disagreements about how to spend Minnesota tax revenue.
The current two-year, $42 billion budget ends June 30. If there is no agreement between Dayton and legislative Republicans by then, there could be a state government shutdown. . . .
At the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Ricardo Lopez reports Gov. Mark Dayton's annual statewide address likely to focus on education, health care.
Photo: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton delivering an earlier SOTS address.