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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton asks legislators Wednesday to work with him to solve a $6.2 billion budget deficit. He said he will disagree with lawmakers, but they can reach a compromise. Photo by Don Davis

Dayton asks lawmakers for cooperation

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton pleaded with Republicans who control the Legislature for cooperation today as the state faces a $6.2 billion budget deficit.

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In his first State of the State speech, Democrat Dayton said that a government shutdown should never happen because the two sides do not work together to solve budget problems.

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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.
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