Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is looking for suggestions on how to win the budget battle at the Capitol.
He enlisted help to fix the serious situation during a legislative breakfast Thursday with St. Louis County and Duluth leaders in St. Paul.
The state is facing a $1.1 billion deficit, a lot of money to come up with, especially when you add the $1.1 billion owed to schools.
The Governor admitted Thursday he's not thrilled with his own budget plan for solving the problems.
He told attendees that while Minnesota is recovering faster than some other states, there is no get out of jail free card.
The Governor said it won't be easy, which is why he's hoping to get ideas from community and business leaders in the Northland.
"I ask for your forbearance, I ask for your good ideas, looking for Plan 'C'," the Governor said. "One that's better than my plan 'A' or the status quo plan 'B' I sincerely mean we're looking for plan 'C'."
"I think probably most of us in this room share the same priorities as the Governor does," said Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL - Cook). "That we do something to stop these out of control property taxes, that we invest in our education system, early-childhood throughout higher ed, that we do something to lower our corporate income tax rate. It's too high."
Both Senator Bakk and the Governor also commended the work of area leaders in the days, weeks and months following the devastating floods last June.
Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon awarded David Ross, the Duluth Chamber President, with the Sam Solon Leadership award during Thursday's event.