Dayton’s State Of The State 16 Feb 12

Governor Dayton’s State of the State speech on Wednesday called for a constructive tone for the rest of the legislative session, a sentiment that Minnesota lawmakers of both parties say they share. Local representative Paul Torkelson of St. James says that Dayton gave a relatively positive speech, and that he hopes that proposed reform ideas can be passed into law. Republican legislative leaders say they want to work with Dayton on a bonding plan to pay for construction projects, but say they probably won’t speed it through this month as the governor requested. Another item on Dayton’s wish list is a publicly subsidized Vikings football stadium. During his speech Wednesday he urged lawmakers to press ahead on a proposal this session and not let it linger into the fall or beyond.