Election 2012 As A Referendum on GOP Vs. Dayton Budget Plans By Michael McIntee | February 15, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Economy/Jobs Subscribe to Economy/Jobs Follow this author Click to watch Governor Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader David Senjem Click to watch Governor Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader David SenjemMinnesota Governor Mark Dayton suggested during his State of the State address that election 2012 should be a referendum of his plan to tax the wealthiest two percent in the state vs Republican plans for a cuts only solution to our budget problems. Senate Majority Leader David Senjem said he was up for that challenge, but prefered to say the choice was making Minnesota a high tax state vs living within our means. More video: Highlights of Dayton’s State of The State Address Above: a look at the highlights of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s State of the State address. He appeals for unity, but cautions he will not sign extreme partisan legislation. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.