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New Dayton budget coming soon; $750 million bonding plan on tap, too

When his plan to expand the sales tax didn’t fly, Gov. Mark Dayton went back to the drawing board to come up with a new budget plan.

It was going to be released Tuesday, but now his staff says “later in the week,” as the numbers-tweaking continues.

Raising income taxes on the state’s highest earners is still expected to be in the mix, even if some of the other controversial sales tax items are gone. Higher cigarette taxes are also likely.

Dayton also said he’s working on a $750 million bonding proposal, which will include money for improvements at the Veterans Home in Minneapolis.

As part of the bonding bill, he’ll also recommend money for civic projects in St. Cloud, Mankato and Rochester, as well as more money for needed renovations at the aging state Capitol.

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