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Gov. Mark Dayton delivers his third Minnesota State of the State address Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. He said that "we have reparied much of the fiscal damage we inherited." (Don Davis/Forum News Service)

Dayton says Minnesota OK, but needs his budget

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s financial picture is improving, Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed in his Wednesday night State of the State address, but policies in the last decade have hampered progress.

His solution? Approve the $38 billion two-year budget he proposed two weeks ago that includes more than $3 billion in higher taxes on the rich and a reworked sales tax.

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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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