Dayton plans nighttime State of the State

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has picked the evening of Feb. 6 to deliver his third State of the State message.

Dayton sent letters today to Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and Minnesota Senate President Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, requesting a joint session of the Legislature for 7:00 p.m., on that date. This year, he’ll be addressing a DFL-controled House and Senate after two years of GOP majorities.

Governors have traditionally scheduled their annual State of the State speeches during the middle of the day. But Dayton went with a evening speech last year. He’s required to present his budget proposal by Jan. 22.