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In court documents filed Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton recommended suspending many state services if the state has no budget when the current one ends at the end of this month. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Dayton says GOP-endorsed plan could eliminate too many vital programs

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants a court to keep more than a third of Minnesota state employees on the job even if state government shuts down July 1.


While he said that it was with a "heavy heart" that he asked a court to allow some spending even without a state budget, the Democratic governor added that a shutdown is preferable to a Republican-passed state budget.

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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.