After Republican Tom Emmer conceded the governor's race yesterday to Democrat Mark Dayton, the governor-elect is busy getting ready to take the lead. He is scheduled to meet with Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty to talk about the transition and they will hold a press conference at 2:45 p.m. today.
Yesterday afternoon Dayton told the media he expected to announce his new chief of staff within 48 hours. He is also busy looking to fill other posts in the administration. When asked about how the one-month delay due to the recount will impact his ability to get his administration in order, Dayton said "No excuses. We'll be ready."
He'll face a challenging environment with a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit and both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature controlled by Republicans for the first time in 38 years. Dayton reiterated yesterday that he will push to make sure tax dollars are collected "more progressively." During his campaign, he ran on the idea of raising taxes on Minnesota's top earners to help balance the state's budget. But he'll likely face a tough fight with Republicans vowing their opposition to any income tax increases.
Ultimately, Dayton said his chief concern will be looking at ways to create jobs in Minnesota.
"Let us first share our best ideas and reach swift agreement to improve Minnesota's economy, help provide jobs for the Minnesotans who need them and help create new and better jobs for our children and grandchildren," he said.