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Published February 06, 2013, 09:29 PM

Minnesota Gov. Dayton gives “No Gimmicks, No Games” in State of the State

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton used his "State of the State" address to push his budget proposals.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton used his "State of the State" address to push his budget proposals.

The state faces a $1.1 billion deficit and Dayton wants new tax revenue to make up the difference.

Gov. Dayton says past state income tax cuts are partly to blame for chronic budget problems in the state.

He wants to raise $2 billion by hiking income taxes on the wealthy and expand the state sales tax to more purchases.

During his state of the state, Dayton said political leaders cannot afford to keep delaying difficult tax and spending decisions.

He said there is only one way to balance the budget.

Gov. Mark Dayton, (D) Minnesota: “The old fashioned way by decreasing spending enacting cost saving reforms and raising revenues. My budget is balanced. My budget is balanced, fair, and honest. No gimmicks no games.”

The loudest response Dayton got, and even a standing ovation by some, was when he voiced his support for legalizing gay marriage. He also pushed for investments in clean energy, reducing crime, and supporting after school programs. Only time will tell if lawmakers agree with his message.

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