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Column: Lawmakers, we can do better

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Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders convened in January with a common goal of "progress for Minnesotans on education, job creation and better government." Four months later, the Legislature's adjournment left more questions than achievements.

Why are teachers not required to pass a basic skills test before entering classrooms? Why are we raising taxes on small-business owners? Why are we expanding government with little or no attention to spending reform and redesign?

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