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Dayton, GOP lawmakers schedule dueling ‘fly-arounds’ Wednesday on state budget

In case voters don’t get a chance to hear about it on the news or in the papers, Gov.

In case voters don’t get a chance to hear about it on the news or in the papers, Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders in the Legislature will (separately) fly around the state Wednesday to further express their differing views on the budget unveiled today.

Republicans are pushing their opposition to Dayton’s proposed tax increases on the highest earners.

Dayton says he’s protecting cities that will benefit from his proposal to fully fund Local Government Aid, support such local services as fire and police and prevent local property tax increases.

Both are hitting the same airports at different times and will hold their press conferences in the airport terminals.

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Flying around the state to present their views will be Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R-Buffalo), House Speaker Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove), Senate Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel (R-Edina) and House Majority Leader Matt Dean (R-Dellwood).

They’re leaving St. Paul’s Holman field at 10 a.m., with stops at:

  • Rochester airport at 11:15 a.m.
  • Mankato airport at 12:45 p.m.
  • Moorhead airport at 3 p.m.
  • Duluth airport at 5:30 p.m.

The governor is hitting the same four cities. He’s taking along Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. They’ll be joined by local officials in each location.

  • Duluth airport at 8:30 a.m.
  • Moorhead airport at 10:15 a.m.
  • Mankato Airport at 2:15 p.m.
  • Rochester airport at 3:30 p.m.