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Holding up two fingers, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton blames a budget impasse on Republicans' refusal to accept his proposed tax increase on the top 2 percent of Minnesota earners. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Dayton on shutdown: Better than GOP budget

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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 on July 1.

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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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