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Gov. Mark Dayton tells Minnesota legislators and Minnesotans during his State of the State speech Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, that state finances are better than when he took office. With him are State Auditor Rebecca Otto, front left, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, front right; Senate President Sandy Pappas and House Speaker Paul Thissen. -- Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is doing better than most neighboring states, Gov. Mark Dayton told legislators and Minnesotans Wednesday night in his third State of the State address.

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And it is doing better than two years ago, he added.

"Minnesota's job growth in 2012 was the 12th best among all 50 states; and we outperformed three of our four neighbors," Dayton said during a 48-minute speech that was politely received by lawmakers. "Iowa ranked 30th best; South Dakota was 44th."

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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.
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