Gov. Dayton goes to Washington, D.C., for governor’s meetings

Gov. Mark Dayton leaves today for Washington, D.C., for a series of governor’s meetings.

The National Governors Association is holding its winter meeting this weekend. The Democratic Governors Association will hold meetings then, too.

Dayton, who’s been hounded by critics and some allies for his decision to grant big raises to his commissioners, may find solace Saturday when the session focuses on NGA Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s plan to improve state government.

Hickenlooper wants to improve the efficiency and effectiveness within some of the core functions of state government, with one of the main tenets: “Hire the best and brightest leaders.”

Presumably, they’ll mention that it takes pretty decent salaries to attract those best and brightest leaders.

On Sunday, the governors and their spouses will meet President and Mrs. Obama at the White House. Dayton is unmarried and there’s no word as to whether he’s bringing a plus-one.

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