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Dayton wants Congress to extend unemployment benefits

Mark Dayton joined more than a dozen other Democratic governors in signing a letter urging Congress to extend unemployment benefits for more than 2 million out-of-work Americans. Dayton also wants authorization for Minnesota to continue emergency state unemployment benefits.
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Mark Dayton joined more than a dozen other Democratic governors in signing a letter urging Congress to extend unemployment benefits for more than 2 million out-of-work Americans. Dayton also wants authorization for Minnesota to continue emergency state unemployment benefits.

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