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Don Davis/Forum Communications Gov. Mark Dayton Monday says he sent a letter to legislative leaders asking that they consider one of four tax proposals, including raising taxes on alcohol or tobacco products, as a way to balance the state budget.

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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