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Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, leading in a governor race recount, said the $6.2 billion budget deficit is not fiction, as current Gov. Tim Pawlenty called it. Dayton said that next week he will begin to look at top budget appointments if he is named governor. Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.

Dayton says recount delay could slow budget work

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ST. PAUL -- The leader of Minnesota's governor race fears a delay in naming a winner past mid-December will hinder state budget preparation.

Democrat Mark Dayton said a recount of all 2.1 million ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election has forced him to do things other than concentrate on what Minnesotans found out Thursday will be a $6.2 billion deficit.

"It's created a diversion of time, resources (and increased) fundraising responsibilities," Dayton said.

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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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