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Continued: Evolving Dayton feels a libertarian impulse

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 3, 2014 - 6:07 AM

‘You go to trouble’

“An awful lot of Minnesotans wanted to see a new stadium,” Davnie said. “And he was right about that. So he leads from his depth of experience.”

Dayton said his frustration with the speed bumps of government is fueled at least partly by the constant reminder that he is ultimately accountable, particularly when things go wrong.

The governor often finds himself rushing toward problems that are high-stakes and politically messy, such as the stadium, the controversial Southwest light-rail transit line and the state’s new health insurance exchange, in which he appoints the board but lacks a direct role.

“Some people operate by avoiding the tough situations, or the controversial issues and decisions,” Dayton said. “My belief is that a big part of this job is that you go to trouble. … So you make the best of it; you make the most if it.”


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