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A serious Mark Dayton Wednesday night delivers his second State of the State speech. The Democratic governor took a softer tone than in recent weeks, but indirectly criticized Republicans. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

South Washington County lawmakers say state of the state is improving

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ST. PAUL - Legislators generally agreed with Gov. Mark Dayton that jobs are a key priority this year, although some hoped to hear more specific policy ideas from him during his Wednesday night State of the State speech.

"He talked a lot about job creation, and that is truly the reason ... all legislators are here," Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, said.

Many lawmakers agreed with Dayton that while there still is work to be done, the state is headed in the right direction.

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