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Dayton says 'State of State' tonight will promote budget

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll use his State of the State address to explain and defend his budget proposal.

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Dayton says his speech will clarify misconceptions about his tax proposals. He'll frame his budget as a tough but necessary way to solve the state's $1.1 billion deficit while investing in other priorities like education.

He's due to give his third annual address before the Legislature at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The governor wants to use additional revenue from an upper-income tax hike and an expansion of state sales taxes to help erase the deficit. He would also pump new money into schools, expand medical assistance and give out $500 property tax rebate checks.

Some of those tax changes have triggered criticism from state business owners and executives.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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