ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An agency commissioner that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton hired long ago is officially starting the job.

Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans reports for duty Wednesday, about three months after Dayton announced his appointment. Frans had been the CEO of a manufacturing company and needed extra time to wind down his role there.

The Minneapolis tax attorney will be a player in upcoming budget negotiations between the Legislature and Dayton. The governor has proposed tax increases to help fix Minnesota’s $5 billion deficit while GOP lawmakers are try to do it all through spending reductions.

While Frans made the transition, the Revenue Department was run by a holdover from Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s administration.

Frans and another top budget official in Dayton’s cabinet appear with top lawmakers Wednesday at a Humphrey Institute forum.

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