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Gov.-elect Mark Dayton ponders a question during a Thursday news conference with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Dayton takes office Jan. 3. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

News analysis: Dayton faces political, fiscal reality of times

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ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton made one promise, in particular, hundreds of times in two years campaigning to become Minnesota governor.

It seldom differed much from what he said last January: "I promise that I will increase state funding for K-12 public education in real dollars every year I'm governor. No exceptions, no excuses."


That was then, this is now: "I will do my utmost."

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