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Dayton – Would Sign Vikings Bill Before Budget Done

Governor Mark Dayton
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ST. PAUL  (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton says he would sign legislation for a new Vikings stadium even if lawmakers blow a deadline to finish the budget.

Dayton told reporters at the Capitol Wednesday that he would act if lawmakers complete a stadium bill, even if the budget is still undone.

He says, “Get it done, get people to work.”

He says a new stadium would come with jobs and he doesn’t consider it a distraction from unresolved budget talks.

Negotiations are stalled as the Democratic governor and majority Republicans argue over the process. Dayton wants to raise high-end income taxes to help erase a $5 billion deficit, while GOP leaders aim to balance the budget through spending cuts.

The Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn its regular session by May 23.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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