Briana Bierschbach With nearly 40,000 workers, state government is one of the largest employers in Minnesota, and Mark Dayton is essentially the state’s CEO.So it’s not surprising that the second-term DFL governor has drawn battle lines around what he sees as major cutbacks to state agency operations in the budget bills being proposed by legislative Republicans. Over the last several weeks, Dayton has trotted out a handful of high-level commissioners to lambaste those proposals, saying they would add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts and would result in “thousands” of layoffs of state workers. Dayton’s commissioners have also sent a whopping 55 letters to Republican leaders and committee chairs listing their concerns.At...
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State budget battle revolves around a basic question: How much should it cost to run Minnesota's government?