Governor Mark Dayton still has hopes for establishing his legacy in spite of Republican control of the state legislature for the last two years of his term.
Speaking with The AP just days before Tuesday’s scheduled start of session, Dayton was short on specifics for his own agenda.
He’ll propose a “modest expansion” to include more schools in the preschool program created in 2016, which puts up early education funds in needy districts without existing options. He’ll also unveil a package of public construction projects in the session’s first week, but wouldn’t say whether it would be larger or smaller than the $1 billion bill lawmakers left unfinished in 2016. And in the years-long debate over how to fund long-term road and bridge repairs, he said he’ll stick largely to his plan to raise gasoline taxes, which faces fierce GOP resistance.