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The State of the State address will be at the U of M this year

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We now know where Gov. Mark Dayton's 2016 State of the State address will be.

The when and where was released by the governor's press secretary, Matt Swenson, on Twitter.

That's March 9, 7 p.m., at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center.

We knew the general "when" already. Dayton last week said the speech would come March 9, MPR reports, though with renovations happening in the state Capitol, the "where" wasn't clear.

The McNamara Alumni Center opened in 2000. The building's Memorial Hall is the largest room – it fits about 800 people for a reception, and about 500 for theater seating or seated dining, the website says.

The speech is essentially the governor's opportunity to lay out a vision for the upcoming legislative session . Lawmakers are scheduled to get back to the Capitol March 8, at which point the bill proposals, committee meetings and voting will get going.

The address is held in front of a joint session, meaning all members of the state House and Senate should be there.

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


Dayton aims for hopeful tone in State of the State address

The governor's second state address since taking office will focus on the positive, covering topics such as creating jobs, bolstering education and streamlining government. The Pioneer Press says it should be a departure from the acidic tone coming out of the Capitol lately.

U of M wants $170M from state

A formal request from the University of Minnesota regents will ask the state Legislature for $170 million. The money will be spent on building and renovation projects. The U of M plans to contribute nearly $40 million in addition to the state funding for a university budget of $209 million.

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