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Before hitting the road this week to meet with Minnesotans, Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters Monday that he suggested a variety of tax increases from which Republican could pick. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Shutdown Day 12: Dayton takes budget message around Minnesota

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton hits the road this week in an effort to convince Minnesotans that it is worth shutting down state government to get a better budget from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Also, the Democratic-Farmer-Laborite governor on Monday said he would consider increasing alcohol and cigarette taxes, and broaden the state sales tax, if Republicans propose those measures.

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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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