CHICAGO — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton defended his dramatic tax overhaul as the most “balanced” means to put the state on a structurally sound fiscal path and called on critics to offer up an alternative.

Dayton used his state of the state address late Wednesday to make his case for the tax overhaul that raises the income tax on top earners and lowers — but broadens — the sales tax, as part of his proposed two-year $37.9 billion budget.

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