Dayton says Republicans' plan to hold hearings is a ploy, waste of money

Some Republican state lawmakers want to hold hearings to discuss whether the governor has the authority to let day-care workers form unions. But Dayton says holding hearings before he's even decided whether to take action is just a political show.
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Some Republican state lawmakers want to hold hearings to discuss whether the governor has the authority to let day-care workers form unions. But Dayton says holding hearings before he's even decided whether to take action is just a political show.

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