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Mark Dayton makes his way Wednesday through the Minnesota Capitol for the first time as governor-elect. He met with the media and said he plans to work with all sides, but will do his best to stick to campaign promises. (Tribune photo by Don Davis)

Analysis: Time for political, fiscal reality arrives

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ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton made one promise, in particular, hundreds of times in two years campaigning to become Minnesota's governor.

It seldom differed much from what he said last January: "I promise that I will increase state funding for K-12 public education in real dollars every year I'm governor. No exceptions, no excuses."


That was then, this is now: "I will do my utmost."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.