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Published December 09, 2010, 09:49 PM

Dayton: Budget Makes Alleviating Poverty Difficult

Gov.-elect Mark Dayton says Minnesota's gloomy financial picture makes accomplishing his goal of alleviating poverty "very difficult." Dayton spoke Thursday night to a crowd at the University of Minnesota.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov.-elect Mark Dayton says Minnesota's gloomy financial picture makes accomplishing his goal of alleviating poverty "very difficult."

Dayton spoke Thursday night to a crowd at the University of Minnesota.

He says he does not have the advantages that Gov. Rudy Perpich, the last Democrat elected governor in Minnesota, had when he entered the office. Dayton says at that time, Republican Gov. Al Quie (kwee) had held several special sessions to balance the budget, which allowed Perpich to move ahead with an anti-poverty agenda.

The Star Tribune reports Dayton says some of the initiatives he proposed in his campaign will be difficult to enact. Those include fully funded early childhood education, optional all-day kindergarten and wage subsidies.

But Dayton says "those need to be our goals."

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