Governor Mark Dayton in his State of the State address last night called road and bridge funding a “key area” Minnesota must address — but it remains deadlocked at the legislature with Dayton proposing a gas tax increase but Republicans saying “no”. Dayton told lawmakers, “I’m waiting for an alternative. I’m willing to be flexible, but I will also insist on a real solution. No smoke and mirrors.” Republicans say their plan, using surplus money and re-directing other budget dollars, will provide as much money for roads and bridges as Dayton’s plan — but without a gas tax increase. Democrats warn the G-O-P plan will take money away from schools and nursing homes.