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Gov. Mark Dayton will lay out what he hopes to achieve during this year's legislative session at his State of the State address Wednesday night.

This is the Democrat's sixth address, and it will begin at 7 p.m. at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center instead of at the Capitol, which is currently under construction.

You can watch it live online here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwTIlKJXjdo

The speech is the governor's opportunity to highlight his priorities for this year's condensed 10-week session, which convened Tuesday. The address is held in front of a joint session, meaning all members of the state House and Senate should be there.

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The Pioneer Press says you can expect Dayton to take a "big picture" approach, while touching on education and water – and there will be "plenty of facts and data."

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith told the paper Dayton will talk about his "values and priorities" but won't likely discuss a lot of new proposals, noting those will come March 15 when he releases his supplemental budget.

Education, water quality, roads up for discussion

The topics and proposals the governor will likely talk about are education, water quality and transportation, WCCO says.

Universal access to pre-kindergarten was his main policy in last year's budget negotiations, but he was ultimately forced to abandon his plans following pushback from lawmakers. WCCO notes he will also likely speak on college affordability.

Dayton has also talked a lot about the state's water quality – both the water we drink and the state's waterways. In January, he said he wants to spend $220 million from his upcoming jobs bonding bill on upgrading and protecting Minnesota’s freshwater supplies.

Fixing Minnesota's ailing roads and bridges is another priority for the governor – as well as both Republicans and Democrats.

In a preview of the upcoming session a few weeks ago, Dayton and the state's top lawmakers discussed their priorities, which included passing a comprehensive transportation package – they failed to do that last year because they couldn't agree on how to pay for it.

The state Legislature website has a compilation of State of the State addresses dating back to 1857.

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