ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s effort to highlight the plight of people affected by proposed state budget cuts is taking him before senior citizens and their care providers.
Dayton planned Tuesday to attend a roundtable at a St. Paul community center designed for people 50 and older. It is part of his strategy to portray budget bills advancing in the Republican-led Legislature as worrisome.
In recent weeks, Dayton has held similar events with college students and with people from the construction industry, which has experienced high unemployment.
The public relations fight goes both ways. Groups sympathetic to GOP proposals are airing TV ads attacking Dayton’s proposal to hike income taxes on upper incomes.
The Legislature is on a weeklong spring recess before intense budget negotiations ramp up.
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