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Published January 22, 2010, 03:52 PM

Candidate for Gov. Mark Dayton announces plan to get Minnesota out of the hole

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Former Senator Mark Dayton says he has a plan to get the state of Minnesota out of the hole. Dayton made a stop in Moorhead today kicking off his state wide campaign.

Mark Dayton’s motto is "tax the rich". That's his plan to stop state cuts, eliminate a billion dollar budget deficit, and restarting funding to Minnesota schools. Former Senator Mark Dayton calls himself the "job's Governor".

Today he stopped in Moorhead during his "87 counties in 87 day's" statewide tour. He's touting himself as being the only democratic candidate to lead a state agency. If elected, he plans to raise taxes for the top ten percent of Minnesotan’s.

That means those making 143 thousand dollars or more a year, or 172 thousand per household would see a tax hike. Dayton also made a campaign promise that if elected, he will increase education funding every year he's in office, but the race to the governorship is crowded. Dayton is one of 12 DFL candidates.