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Gov. Mark Dayton watches House Speaker Kurt Zellers talk to reporters in May of 2011 as negotiations failed to resolve Democratic-Republican differences in a state budget.(Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

2014 election: DFL vs. GOP state budgets

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ST. PAUL -- Pay attention to the Minnesota state budget: There will be a test.

The test comes Nov. 4, 2014, the next general election. That is when voters decide whether to retain Democratic control of the House and governor's office, or to give Republicans another chance. (Senate seats are not on the ballot until 2016.)


Signs are that the 2014 vote will be a contest between the Republican budget of the past two years and a newly enacted Democratic budget that ends in 2015.

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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.