ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A national forum for governors has Minnesota’s Mark Dayton headed to Washington.

Gov. Dayton left Thursday to attend the National Governors Association Winter Meeting. During his five-day trip, he’ll also attend events put on by the Democratic Governors Association.

President Barack Obama is due to host the governors for a dinner at the White House. Dayton will also meet with cabinet officials for agriculture and transportation.

The schedule will put Dayton out of the state when a new economic forecast is released on Monday. The document lays out the size of the budget hole lawmakers are tasked with fixing. The current shortfall estimate is $6.2 billion.

He is expected to offer reaction to the budget by phone.

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Comments (6)
  1. JB says:

    How big of a door do they need to get all of these inflated egos into one room?

  2. Tom says:

    big deal just another vacation on tax payers money..

  3. Tom says:

    why don’t he stay home and create jobs like he said he was going to do.?????

  4. justice fleeting says:

    There he goes. Off to DC to spread more political poison about how to balance a budget while maintaining and increasing public programs and welfare money pits.

  5. DJ says:

    Now here’s one Democrat that should leave the state and go into hiding…

  6. SCARED says:

    His eye’s scare me, I can see them burrowing into my pocket to grab the little cash i still have…

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