Democrat Mark Dayton says if he becomes governor he would push for $1 billion to $1.2 billion worth of construction projects next year to create jobs.
The former U.S. senator outlined his employment proposals on Friday at the Capitol.
He is running in a competitive primary against former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher.
Dayton says he would start a $200 million to $300 million revolving fund to pay for efficiency upgrades to public buildings, creating as many as 50,000 jobs over a decade.
Dayton also said he would reject legislation to repeal Minnesota's ban on new nuclear power plants because of environmental and safety concerns.
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