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The governor said he would make a final determination on that measure in coming days.
Republicans renewed criticism of DFLers over a new $77 million Senate office building and for last year’s tax hikes, particularly as some early indications show that Minnesota’s employment and budget picture might be dimming a bit.
The GOP needs seven more seats to gain control, setting off a fierce fight in a handful of districts over which side has the best solutions for the state.
Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, zeroed in on health care, calling the new MNsure system a failure.
“The one glaring omission is that we did nothing with health care,” he said.
Dayton and DFLers want to keep the debate focused on the economy and the new investments. They said Republicans complain about tax increases, but seldom talk about where the money goes, particularly when its spent on all-day kindergarten and other education measures.
“Parents wanted a better education for their children, and we delivered,” said House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul. “We chose to be ambitious and we chose to solve problems. We have faith in the people of Minnesota and we have a great story to tell.”
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