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Dayton Reveals $45.8B Budget Proposal Day after Collapse

January 24, 2017 05:28 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton released the details of his $45.8 billion budget proposal Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after he collapsed during the State of the State address Monday night.

The 69-year-old Democrat's two-year budget plan addressed improving education from preschool to college, growing the economy and creating job opportunities.

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Dayton focused on the following in his proposal:

Employment

Dayton mentioned cutting taxes for Minnesota families and partnering with Minnesota-based businesses and entrepreneurs as priorities in his budget proposal.

Read more about Dayton's employment proposals via these links:

Education

Dayton touched on the importance of making investments in early childhood education through technical school and college education during his proposal. He suggested working to expand voluntary pre-K, increase child care access and choice and offer college and career readiness opportunities to Minnesotans throughout the state.

Read more about Dayton's education proposals via these links:

'Quality of Life'

Dayton mentioned road and highway repair as important "quality of life" priorities as well as modernizing water systems throughout the state. Dayton mentioned wanting to make health reforms that provide Minnesotans with more choices as well as holding insurance companies more accountable.

Read more about Dayton's "quality of life" proposals via these links:

View Dayton's budget recommendations here.

Dayton's Collapse During State of the State Address

Dayton fainted as he neared the end of his annual State of the State speech Monday night.

He appeared conscious as he was helped to a back room minutes later. A top staffer said he walked out of the Capitol on his own and was given a routine check by medical professionals at his home.

RELATED: Dayton Eyes Fast Return to Work after Collapse During State of the State Address

Nearing his 70th birthday, Dayton has a history of health problems. He fainted during a campaign event last year in an episode he later blamed on overheating and dehydration.

RELATED: Dayton Fainted during an Event in Woodbury Last Year

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